Aussie duo KO top seeds to win place in Wimbledon final

Glenn Moore |

Jordan Thompson volleys with Max Purcell behind him in their men’s singles semi-final Wimbledon win.
Jordan Thompson volleys with Max Purcell behind him in their men’s singles semi-final Wimbledon win.

Wimbledon fortnight did not start well for Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson, but there could be a golden finish for the Australian duo.

The pair have won their way into the final of the men’s doubles, and will believe they can win it after sweeping aside the top seeds.

Purcell and Thompson beat Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-4 6-4 in 71 minutes on Thursday to book a place in the final on Saturday (early Sunday AEST) at the All England Club.

Early last week Purcell was beaten in the opening round of the men’s singles, going down 6-3 6-2 6-2 to Finland’s Otto Virtanen.

Jordan Thompson, Max Purcell
Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell talk tactics during their men’s doubles semi-final win. (EPA PHOTO)

An unusually flat Thompson went out in the next round to Brandon Nakashima by the same score.

But the doubles offered the pair a second chance and they have seized it.

Seeded 15 they have only dropped one set in five matches, when beating Argentine No.11 seeds Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Moltoni in the quarter-final.

For Purcell, 26, this is his fourth major doubles final. He previously won at Wimbledon in 2022 alongside Matt Ebden and is a two-time finalist at the Australian Open (2020 with Luke Saville, 2022 with Ebden).

Thompson, 30, is into his first grand slam doubles final.

Marcel Granollers, Horacio Zeballos
Marcel Granollers (at net) and Horacio Zeballos lost to Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell. (EPA PHOTO)

Purcell and Thompson took the opening break of the match in the seventh game, the first time the top seeds had lost a service game all tournament, and maintained this advantage to win the first set.

Granollers and  Zeballos were looking to progress to a Wimbledon final for the third time in four years but the Aussies broke again in the ninth game of the second set. Purcell then served out.

The pair now have 26 wins from 30 matches together.

They will be aiming to become the seventh Australian pair since the Open era began in 1968 to win the event, a roll of honour headed by Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge (six times) and John Newcombe and Tony Roche (four).

AAP