Koolhof/Skupski Oust Defending Champs At Queen’s Club
Fresh off their first title of the season in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski overcame a stern test Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals at the Cinch Championships.
The top seeds survived a hard-fought battle against defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 10-7. Neither team faced a break point throughout the one-hour, 54-minute contest.
The British-Dutch duo will next face Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden, who won this year’s ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells and defeated Jamie Murray and Michael Venus 7-6(8), 7-6(5) on Wednesday.
Third seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury also advanced after they moved past Andre Goransson and Ben McLachlan 7-6(4), 7-6(4). In quarter-final action, Taylor Fritz and Jiri Lehecka escaped Nicolas Mahut and Fabrice Martin 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-6.
Top Seeds Advance In Halle
Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer downed Tallon Griekspoor and Robin Haase 6-4, 6-4 after winning 30 of 36 first-serve points at the Terra Wortmann Open. The Salvadoran-Dutch duo will next face home favourites Oscar Otte and Jan-Lennard Struff in the last eight.
Wild cards Otte and Struff rallied to beat Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-7. Marcelo Demoliner and Andreas Mies defeated Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 6-4, 7-5.