Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez did not win more than one match at a tournament together in their three previous tournaments as a doubles team. Now, the Spaniards are into the Roland Garros semi-finals.
Andujar and Martinez defeated Indian Rohan Bopanna and Croatian Franko Skugor 7-5 6-3 on Monday to reach the last four in Paris. They saved six of the seven break points they faced to advance after one hour and 17 minutes.
The singles standouts both earned a win in the singles draw this fortnight. Andujar stunned two-time finalist Dominic Thiem in the first round, and Martinez got revenge against American Sebastian Korda, who beat him here last year. Although they both lost in the second round in singles, they are two wins from claiming the doubles trophy.
The Spaniards will next play Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev, who eliminated Monaco’s Hugo Nys and German Tim Puetz 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes. The Kazakhstani duo also made the third round at this year’s Australian Open together.
The other two men’s doubles quarter-finals will be played on Tuesday. Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah will face two-time defending champion Kevin Krawietz and his partner, Horia Tecau, while sixth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will clash against Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic.