Mektic/Skugor Advance In St. Petersburg
Top seeds Nikola Mektic/Franko Skugor eased into the St. Petersburg Open semi-finals on Thursday, converting all three of their break points to defeat Nicholas Monroe/Andrei Vasilevski 6-4, 6-2. Mektic/Skugor will now take on Divij Sharan/Igor Zelenay, who took out Roberto Carballes Baena/Andres Molteni 7-5, 5-7, 10-5
Second seeds Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen needed just 64 minutes to move past Adrian Mannarino/Hugo Nys 6-4, 6-4. The Belgian pair went on an 11-match winning streak in July, taking titles in Bastad (d. Delbonis/Zeballos) and Gstaad (d. Oswald/Polasek), and finishing runner-up in Kitzbühel (l. to Oswald/Polasek). Awaiting Gille/Vliegen in the semi-finals are Matteo Berrettini/Simone Bolelli, who defeated Frederik Nielsen/Tim Puetz 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
At the Moselle Open in Metz, top seeds Nicolas Mahut/Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached the semi-finals by prevailing 6-4, 6-1 in an all-French battle with Dan Added/Albano Olivetti. This year’s Wimbledon finalists (l. to Cabal/Farah) will play Belgian duo Sander Arends/David Pel on Saturday.
Fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi finished strong in their 7-6(4), 6-3 win against Gerard Granollers/Marcel Granollers. Next up for Gonzalez/Qureshi is a semi-final showdown against Robert Lindstedt/Jan-Lennard Struff.