© Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer advance to their maiden Grand Slam semi-final together at Roland Garros on Monday.

Arevalo/Rojer Surge Into Roland Garros SFs

El Salvadorian-Dutch pairing chasing third tour-level title of 2022

Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer overcame a resilient effort from Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez to seal a 7-6(6), 6-3 win in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros on Monday.

A dominant serving performance nonetheless helped Arevalo and Rojer to their maiden major semi-final together. The 12th seeds won 88 per cent (36/41) of points behind their first delivery and saved the only break point they faced late in the penultimate game of the match to seal a two-hour, two-minute victory.

The El Salvadorian-Dutch pairing carved out 16 break point chances in the match but was only able to convert one, in the opening game of the second set, as Matos and Vega Hernandez dug deep at the clay-court Grand Slam in Paris. That service break proved enough, though.

ATP WTA Live App

Since teaming up at the start of the year, Arevalo and Rojer have enjoyed significant success on the ATP Tour. They won back-to-back titles on hard courts in Dallas and Delray Beach in February, while also showing their abilities on clay with a run to the semi-finals at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April.

Arevalo and Rojer’s next challenge in Paris is a semi-final clash with Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop after the 16th seeds held their nerve to run out 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(10-3) winners over Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

After falling 0/3 behind in the final-set tie-break, Bopanna and Middelkoop reeled off 10 consecutive points to clinch victory. The Indian-Dutch pairing had also won a final-set tie-break to upset second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the third round.