Defending Champions Melo/Kubot Reach Beijing Semi-finals
Pouille/Struff eliminate third seeds in Tokyo
The defending champions claimed 82 per cent of first-serve points (27/33) and did not face a break point to advance after 68 minutes. The Polish-Brazilian duo, who haven't dropped a set this week, will face Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev for a place in the championship match.
Seeds Fall In Tokyo Quarter-finals
Lucas Pouille and Jan-Lennard Struff saved one match point to beat third seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 and book their place in the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships semi-finals.
The unseeded pairing trailed 8/9 in the Match Tie-break before winning three straight points to confirm a semi-final clash against Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor. The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters titlists edged Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7, 11-9.
Dominic Inglot and Austin Krajicek grabbed the last remaining semi-final spot on Colosseum, beating fourth seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares 7-6(6), 7-6(6). The Atlanta winners saved all four break points they faced and will meet second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a spot in the championship match.
Did You Know?
Struff is aiming to capture his second straight Tokyo crown. The German also lifted the trophy last year alongside two-time champion Ben McLachlan.