Soares/Murray Continue Flawless Wimbledon Run
Fifth seeds into quarter-finals without dropping a set
Great Britain’s Murray and Soares of Brazil are chasing their second major title together after victory at the Australian Open in 2016. They came into Wimbledon on the strength of a runner-up showing at The Queen’s Club (l. to Peers/Kontinen) and have cruised into the last eight at the All England Club without dropping a set.
The Japanese/German duo of McLachlan and Struff made an instant impact when they joined forces with a semi-final showing at the Australian Open in January. Semi-finals in Miami and Budapest have since propelled them to 12th in the ATP Doubles Race To London.
McLachlan and Struff will next face Frederik Nielsen and Joe Salisbury, who upset sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-6(1). World No. 139 Nielsen received a wild card into the doubles draw, alongside Great Britain’s Salisbury, having won the doubles title in 2012 with another Brit, Jonathan Marray (d. Lindstedt/Tecau). Another upset came when Robin Haase and Robert Lindstedt beat No. 8 seeds Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 8-6.
But Seventh seeds Mike Bryan and Jack Sock were able to survive their tense encounter to edge Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 in three hours and 16 minutes. The Americans saved two match points when down 15/40 on Bryan’s serve at 4-5 in the fifth set.
Bryan is teaming with Sock at SW19 while his twin brother, Bob Bryan, is sidelined with injury. Both Sock and Bryan are former Wimbledon champions, with Sock lifting the trophy in 2014 alongside Vasek Pospisil and Bryan triumphing three times with his brother. Bryan and Sock go on to face Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak, who rallied from two sets down to defeat Jonathon Erlich and Marcin Matkowski 1-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.