We’re guaranteed first-time doubles champions Saturday as Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald meet Andre Begemann and Antonio Sancic for the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship crown.
Mirnyi and Oswald upset defending champions Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos in the opening round, before dispatching the American pair of Scott Lipsky and Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals. In a late night showing on Center Court on Friday, the duo defeated the six-time champion Bryan Brothers 6-4 2-6 10-6.
40-year-old Mirnyi has won 51 titles in his career, including 11 on clay. His partner, Oswald, holds seven career titles, four of them coming on clay. The pair is looking for their third title together.
Begemann and Sancic, who are playing together for the first time, ousted former college standouts Nicolas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the opening round, before upsetting 2017 French Open finalists Santiago Gonzalez and Donald Young in the quarterfinals. The first-time Houston competitors notched an impressive three-set win over 2017 U.S. Clay runner-ups Dustin Brown and Frances Tiafoe to book their spot in the final.
Begemann, of Germany, has four titles to his name. He will be looking for his first ATP title since 2014 when he takes the court Saturday. This will be the third final showing for Sancic (0-2).
View Saturday’s order of play HERE.