Klaasen/Marach Advance In Dubai
Fourth seeds Raven Klaasen/Oliver Marach powered into the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday, scoring the lone break in each set to topple Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektic 7-5, 6-4.
Jurgen Melzer/Edouard Roger-Vasselin scored an upset by toppling third seeds Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies 6-4, 7-6(1). Next up for them in the semi-finals are John Peers/Michael Venus, who took out top seeds and defending champions Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury on Wednesday.
Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah battled into the semi-finals at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, holding off Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen 6-7(2), 6-4, 10-8. Down 6/8 in the Match Tie-break, Cabal/Farah grabbed the last four points to prevail in one hour and 52 minutes. They'll take on Adrian Mannarino/Fabrice Martin, who eased past Alexander Zverev/Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-4.
Nikola Cacic/Dusan Lajovic rallied to defeat Santiago Gonzalez/Ken Skupski 4-6, 6-4, 10-2. They'll face second seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo for a place in the final after the Polish-Brazilian duo advanced via walkover against Grigor Dimitrov/Taylor Fritz.
At the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago, Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera/Alejandro Tabilo delighted the home crowd with a 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 quarter-final victory against top seeds Marcelo Demoliner/Matwe Middelkoop. They’ll next face Roberto Carballes Baena/Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who defeated third seeds Divij Sharan/Artem Sitak on Wednesday.
Second seeds Marcelo Arevalo/Jonny O’Mara didn’t face a break point in their 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Federico Coria/Juan Ignacio Londero. Awaiting them in the semi-finals are Facundo Bagnis/Pablo Cuevas, who prevailed against fourth seeds Ariel Behar/Gonzalo Escobar 6-3, 6-4.