Murray/Soares Save 3 M.P. To Reach Quarter-finals In Melbourne
Herbert/Mahut also claim comeback victory
Serving at 4-5 (0/40) in the third set, the 2016 champions reeled off 13 of the next 16 points, including five straight points to reach 5-5, to book their place in the quarter-finals after two hours and nine minutes. Murray and Soares saved all eight break points they faced and won 82 per cent of first-serve points (56/68) to book a quarter-final meeting against 2017 titlists Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were also made to work for their place in the last eight, rallying from 2/5 down in a second-set tie-break to beat Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. The fifth seeds will face six-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for a semi-final spot.
Lukasz Kubot and Horacio Zeballos also claimed a place in the quarter-finals, beating Aussie wildcards Blake Ellis and Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 7-6(4). The seventh seeds converted four of eight break points en route to victory and will meet Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals. Harrison and Querrey recovered from a set down to beat countrymen Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.