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Chardy/Dlouhy Reach Moscow Semi-finals

Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Dlouhy© Getty ImagesJeremy Chardy and Lukas Dlouhy are making their partnership debut this week.

Second seeds Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Dlouhy continued their run in their team’s debut outing by defeating Pablo Cuevas and Michael Russell 6-3, 6-2 in quarter-final action Thursday at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Chardy and Dlouhy faced off in the doubles final in the 2010 season opener at the Brisbane International, with Dlouhy and Leander Paes defeating Chardy and Marc Gicquel for the ATP World Tour 250 title.

Dlouhy, who currently stands at No. 3 in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings with India’s Leander Paes, earned back-to-back match wins for the first time since a runner-up finish in June at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (w/Paes). Dlouhy and Paes are looking to clinch one of five remaining doubles berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Chardy and Dlouhy next face Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov, who defeated fellow Russsian wild cards Teymuraz Gabashvili and Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 6-3 in their quarter-final match. Kunitsyn and Tursunov made a strong partnership debut by reaching the 2006 Nottingham final, and are contesting their first tournament together since 2009 at Wimbledon.

At the If Stockholm Open, Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares got past Santiago Gonzalez and Philipp Marx 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 to set up a semi-final meeting with Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer, 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-8 winners over wild cards Brian Battistone and Andreas Siljestrom.

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