Koolhof and Mektic were with 7-6 (3) 6-4 too strong for the American Rajeev Ram and the British Joe Salisbury.
The 31-year-old Koolhof, together with Mektic placed eighth, has never been in the finals of a grandslam tournament before. His best result on the highest podium was a place in the quarterfinals; in 2019 he and the New Zealander Marcus Daniell reached the last eight at Wimbledon. Koolhof appeared three times in the finals of a master tournament.
“To win here from the best team at the moment and the winners of the Australian Open is great”, said Koolhof after his scoop. “It was a high level from both sides. It was quite interesting to see what everyone had done during the corona break. We both trained hard. Reaching the finals feels like a dream come true. But we want to repeat this in the finals on Thursday”
Koolhof and Mektic finished at 5-4 on the second match point at the service of Koolhof. In the first set the Dutch-Croatian duo came back from a break back.
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In the final battle, Koolhof and Mektic take on the Croat Mate Pavic and the Brazilian Bruno Soares. They were too strong for Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau: 6-4 7-5.