Last year’s ATP Next Gen Finals qualifiers Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev cruised past Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-3 6-1 in just 44 minutes to secure their spot in the doubles final at the Miami Open, the second ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year.
Khachanov and Rublev are playing in their fourth doubles tournament as a team but their first this season and reached a Round of 16 at last year’s US Open as their best result. They started their singles season on a high note. Rublev reached the final in Doha finishing runner-up to Gael Monfils. Khachanov lifted the title in Marseille beating Lucas Pouille. They reached the Miami semifinal with wins over Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the first round and Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the second round.
The Russian team claimed a surprising win against Johnson and Querrey, especially because the US players had reached the semifinal without dropping a set.
Khanchanov and Rublev got two breaks in each set to clinch the win. The two Russian players reeled off five consecutive games from 1-1 to claim an easy win. They won 81 % of their first serve points and did not face a single break point during the match.
Khanchanov and Rublev set up the final against another US team formed by the legendary US twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan, who beat this year’s Australian Open semifinalists Ben McLachlan and Jan Lennard Struff 7-5 6-4 in 73 minutes to reach their second consecutive Masters 1000 final after finishing runner-up to Jack Sock and John Isner in Indian Wells.
The Bryan twins earned the break in the 12th game to claim the opening set and broke again in the 10th game of the second set to close out the match. They converted three of the four break point chances and fended off two of the three opportunities they faced.
The Bryan brothers have reached their sixth Miami final and will be bidding to win their 37th Masters 1000 title as a team. They have not won a title since Atlanta 2017.