Aussie Duo Upsets Kubot/Matkowski In Brisbane

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Aussie Duo Upsets Kubot/Matkowski In Brisbane

Duckworth/Guccione advance to semi-finals

The unseeded team of James Duckworth and Chris Guccione scored a 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 upset of third-seeded Poles Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski on Wednesday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. The Aussies converted on their lone break point to complete the upset in 70 minutes.

In the final four, they will face Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, who booked their spot in the Brisbane semi-finals by knocking out last year’s US Open champions and top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 in 70 minutes.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds John Peers and Henri Kontinen were 7-6(2), 6-3 victors over Ivan Dodig and Sam Groth. They will now meet fourth seeds Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt or wild cards Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith.

Inglot and Lindstedt were 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-7 winners over Americans Scott Lipsky and Eric Butorac, while Reid and Smith defeated Mate Pavic and Michael Venus 7-6(1), 6-4.

Rojer/Tecau Dominate In Doha

Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau needed just 43 minutes to overcome Teymuraz Gabashvili and Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-1 in the Doha quarter-finals.

The reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions did not face a break point and broke their opponents five times en route to setting a semi-final match-up against fourth seeds Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya, who downed David Marrero and Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4.

Wild Cards Win In Chennai

The Indian partnership formed by N. Sriram Balaji and Ramkumar Ramanathan delighted the home crowd by defeating fourth seeds Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak 2-6,7-6(5), 10-5 in the first round. The wild cards only won 63 points to their opponents’ 72, but secured the win in 86 minutes after a Match Tie-break.

Third seeds Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin survived Aljaz Bedene and Treat Huey 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. Bedene and Huey took the early lead and saved six of eight break points faced, but succumbed after 79 minutes.

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