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THE SLUGS INTO AUSSIE OPEN FINAL

Wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville known as "The Slugs" became the first all-Australian doubles pair on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final since 1998 at Melbourne Park on a "Wild Card"

Purcell and Saville held their nerve and were strong on return of serve in a 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in two hours and 19 minutes. Purcell and Saville could not convert two set points at 6/5 and 7/6 in the first set tie-break.

Two-time former champion Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde reached their third final in 1998 (l. to Bjorkman/Eltingh in five sets