Tecau/Rojer Snap Losing Streak In Rotterdam
Top seeds Marach/Pavic beaten in Match Tie-break
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau claimed their first victory of the 2019 ATP Tour season on Wednesday, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili and Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-4 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
The 2015 champions, who entered the match with a 0-3 record this year, saved all seven break points they faced to claim victory after 63 minutes. Rojer and Tecau will meet Wesley Koolhof and Jurgen Melzer for a place in the semi-finals.
Koolhof and Melzer upset third seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals. The wild card pairing won 71 per cent of service points (39/55) en route to a 74-minute victory.
Ivan Dodig and Edouard Roger-Vasselin continued their fine run of form, beating top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-3. The Open Sud de France champions dropped just seven points behind their first serves (39/46) and saved the only break point they faced to triumph after one hour and 31 minutes.
Marach and Pavic were defending 300 ATP Doubles Ranking points after reaching the championship match last year (l. to Herbert/Mahut). Dodig and Roger-Vasselin will face Jeremy Chardy and Henri Kontinen for a semi-final spot.
Fourth seeds Marcel Granollers and Nikola Mektic also advanced, beating Dutch qualifiers Sander Arends and David Pel 7-5, 6-4. Granollers and Mektic will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals.