ATP World Tour Doubles
Moodie-Norman Reach SF; Seeds Tumble In Eastbourne
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman, who first teamed up in February at Marseille and reached the Roland Garros final (l. to Dlouhy-Paes) earlier this month, knocked out French duo Arnaud Clement and Marc Gicquel 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday for a place in the Ordina Open semi-finals.
Moodie, who captured The Queen’s Club grass-court championship with Mikhail Youzhny last week, and his Belgian partner Norman won 71 per cent of service points and saved six of seven break points. The pair is currently No. 9 in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
At the AEGON International in Eastbourne, which is also an ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament, second seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles and fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram both made quarter-final exits.
Travis Parrott and Filip Polasek held their nerve and 10 of their 11 service games to beat Bhupathi and Knowles, who received a No. 4 seeding for The Championships at Wimbledon next week. Both pairs won 63 points, but it was Parrott and Polasek who advanced to the semi-finals with a 7-6(5), 6-4 win in 78 minutes.
Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, who knocked out Roland Garros champions and top seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes earlier this week, ousted Lucas Arnold Ker and Michael Kohlmann 6-3, 6-4 in just 51 minutes.
Meanwhile, third seeds and defending champions Bruno Soares and Kevin Ullyett pulled double-duty on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals. They resumed their first-round match against wild cards Jonathan Erlich and Jamie Murray - suspended due to darkness prior to the Match Tie-break on Tuesday - and prevailed 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-7. Soares and Ullyett then followed with a 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7 victory over the wild card British team of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.
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