Kubot/Melo Show Grass-Court Prowess In Halle

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Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo break Fernando Verdasco to love en route to winning the first nine points of the match.


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Top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo stayed unbeaten on the grass on Wednesday in Halle, moving into the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 victory against Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Kubot/Melo, champions at the Ricoh Open in s’-Hertogenbosch on Sunday, won 83 per cent of their first-serve points to advance in 83 minutes. They will next play Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer.

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Third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau dismissed home favourites Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(3), 6-4. Germans Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev became the first doubles team to reach the semi-finals when Brian Baker and Alexander Peya retired down 2-3 in the first set. Baker was suffering from a right shoulder injury.

The Zverevs’ countrymen, German qualifiers Andre Begemann and Tim Puetz, dismissed the French team of Richard Gasquet and Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-4. Begemann/Puetz dropped only two first-serve points (27/29) and saved all three break points. They will next face second seeds and two-time defending champions Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram.

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At the Aegon Championships, Roland Garros champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus started their London campaign with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez (no relation). Third seeds Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares also advanced in straight sets, beating Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 6-1.

Croatian Marin Cilic and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski knocked out the lucky loser team from the U.S., Nicholas Monroe and Donald Young, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10.

The top seeds were not as fortunate in their Match Tie-break. Henri Kontinen and John Peers fell in the quarter-finals at The Queen’s Club to Indian Rohan Bopanna and Croatian Ivan Dodig 7-6(2), 4-6, 10-2.

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