Fritz/Lehecka Upset Top Seeds Koolhof/Skupski In Queen’s Club SFs
Taylor Fritz and Jiri Lehecka earned the most emphatic win of their run at the Cinch Championships on Friday to reach the final at The Queen’s Club in London.
After scoring their first two victories via Match Tie-breaks, the unseeded American/Czech pairing knocked off top seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski 6-3, 7-6(4) in the semi-finals. Fritz and Lehecka combined to hit 11 aces and saved three of the four break points against them in the win, while breaking twice on five chances.
Both Fritz and Lehecka are seeking their first tour-level doubles title, with only Fritz having previously played in a final. The American twice finished runner-up, in Basel with Reilly Opelka (2019) and in Los Cabos with Thanasi Kokkinakis (2018).
The second doubles semi-final at the ATP 500 event will be contested on Saturday, when second seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek face Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Germans Otte/Struff Upset Top Seeds In Halle
Home favourites Oscar Otte and Jan-Lennard Struff advanced to the semi-finals at the Terra Wortmann Open on Friday with a 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 upset of top seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer.
Each team broke serve twice in the tightly contested match, before the Germans narrowly claimed the Match Tie-break. They will next meet Marcelo Melo and John Peers in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Italians Andrea Vavassori and Simone Bolelli are already through to the final after their 6-3, 6-7(0), 10-7 win against Andreas Mies and Marcelo Demoliner on Friday.