Inglot/Lindstedt Begin Istanbul Doubles Campaign
Peers and Rojer advance in Estoril
Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt secured their place in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open quarter-finals on Wednesday when they knocked out Roman Jebavy and Florin Mergea 7-6(4), 6-1 in 71 minutes. The pair has won one ATP World Tour title together at the 2015 Winston-Salem Open (d. Butorac-Lipsky). The British-Swedish team will next challenge fourth seeds Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski, champions at the Open Sud de France (d. McLachlan/Nys) in February.
At the Millennium Estoril Open, top seeds John Peers and Jean-Julien Rojer joined forces to knock out Argentines Guillermo Duran and Andres Molteni 6-2, 7-6(2) in 75 minutes. They will now meet Jonathan Eysseric and Joe Salisbury, who scraped past Sander Arends and Adil Shamasdin 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.
Despite recovering from a 1-4 deficit to win the first set, Lopez and Marrero were beaten by Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-3 in one hour and 35 minutes. Dutchmen Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop, winners at the Tata Open Maharashtra and Diema Xtra Sofia Open this year, knocked out Demoliner and Gonzalez 6-4, 6-4 in 65 minutes.
At the BMW Open by FWU, third seeds Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya defeated Germans Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer 7-5, 6-4 for a place in the semi-finals. Peya partnered Bruno Soares to the 2015 title (d. Zverev/Zverev). Fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald battled hard to beat Daniel Masur and Rudolf Molleker 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 in their opening match.
Did You Know?
Daniel Nestor, who is contesting his 28th and final season as a pro, has compiled a 1061-478 doubles match record, including 91 titles. He has lifted four trophies on German soil at Hamburg in 1996 and 2003 (w/Knowles) and 2008 (w/Zimonjic), and at 2001 Halle (w/Stolle).