Dream Run Ends For Roddick/Fish
The run of wild cards Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish came to an end in Friday's quarter-finals as third seeds Eric Butorac and Artem Sitak prevailed 7-5, 6-2 in 67 minutes. Roddick, who emerged from retirement this week, was seeking his second Atlanta doubles crown (2006, w/Reynolds) and third title with close friend Fish. They are 20-7 as a tandem on the ATP World Tour.
In other action, Georgia Tech sophomore Christopher Eubanks and Donald Young continued their quest, as the all-American duo downed Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-2. They will face top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in Saturday's semi-finals.
Hamburg - Cabal/Farah Reach Final
Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah reached their second final in as many weeks on the ATP World Tour as they upset second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 3-6, 6-1, 10-6 in the Hamburg semi-finals.
The Colombians finished runners-up last week in Bastad (l. to Chardy/Kubot) and are chasing their third title of the season, following victories in Geneva and Sao Paulo. They will face either top seeds Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini or third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers for the title.
"We've been enjoying our time here so much," said Farah. "We love the environment and the fact that so many people are coming out. It brings a lot of energy to the game."
Gstaad - Bury/Istomin Move Into Final
In doubles, the unseeded team formed by Alexander Bury and Denis Istomin moved into the final with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-3 win over Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald. Bury and Istomin converted two of three break points earned in the 79-minute match.
The ATP World Tour 250 tournament is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.