Cabal/Farah Continue Chase For First Roland Garros Title
The Colombians, who are three-time semi-finalists in Paris, won 91 per cent of their first-serve points and did not face a break point in a dominating display. They improved to a 19-8 record for the season, having won two titles this year at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
Their reward is a clash with Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau after the ninth seeds edged out Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes. The German-Romanian team hit eight aces against the seventh seeds on their way to victory as Krawietz goes in search for a third straight Roland Garros title. He has won the previous two titles at the clay-court major alongside countryman Andreas Mies, who is recovering from right knee surgery.
Elsewhere, Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev upset Dutchmen Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4. The Kazakhstanis won 74 per cent of points behind their first serves and broke the 11th seeds twice. They will play either Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz or Benoit Paire and Romain Arneodo next.
Nikola Cacic and Tomislav Brkic also moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez to set up a possible clash against sixth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. The Frenchmen face Robin Haase and Jan-Lennard Struff on Sunday.