Kubot/Melo Remain On Course For Madrid Final
Kyrgios/Sock upset Bryans on Friday
Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo remain on course to reach their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final of the season after they defeated seventh seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-4 in 68 minutes on Friday at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Kubot and Melo lost just three of their first service points and recovered from a 2-4 deficit in the second set. The Polish-Brazilian team advanced to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open (l. to Klaasen-Ram) and the Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Monroe-Sock) earlier this year.
The fourth seeds set up a semi-final against Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock, who continued their popular run through the draw with a 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 10-7 victory over second seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Neither team dropped serve, but the second set was particularly dramatic after the Bryans saved a trio of set points on their serve at 4-5 and again at 5-6. Kyrgios/Sock converted on their eighth set point at 6/5. The unseeded pairing grabbed a mini-break lead in the Match Tie-break at 7/5 and hung tough to prevail in one hour and 34 minutes.
Sixth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin advanced to the semi-finals when they knocked out third seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in 83 minutes. They will now challenge eighth seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, who kept alive hopes of a first Spanish doubles team to lift the title in the 16-year history of the tournament after they defeated top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 6-4 in 76 minutes.