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Top Doubles Seeds Fall In Montpellier & Zagreb

Doubles 2012

Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin upset top seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 7-5, 7-5, breaking the British duo once in each set, to advance to the Open Sud de France semi-finals Thursday in Montpellier.

Mahut and Roger-Vasselin are playing together for just the second time in tour-level competition. They won a pair of Futures titles together in 2003 and three straight Challenger titles on home soil in 2010.

The Frenchmen will play Treat Huey and Ken Skupski for a place in the final after the new tandem defeated Olivier Rochus and Igor Zelenay 6-3, 6-3.

Third seeds Paul Hanley and Jamie Murray also advanced with a 7-6(6), 6-2 win over French wild cards Kenny De Schepper and Fabrice Martin.

At the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, second-seeded Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram moved through to the semi-finals by beating Daniele Bracciali and Lukas Rosol 7-5, 7-6(4). They go onto face Marcos Baghdatis and Mikhail Youzhny, who followed up their second-round victories in the singles draw earlier Thursday by joining forces to defeat Germans Benjamin Becker and Alexander Waske 7-6(3), 7-5 in the doubles quarter-finals.

Croatian wild cards Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic upset top seeds Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya 1-6, 7-6(7), 10-7 in the final match of the day to reach the semi-finals.

In Vina del Mar, top seeds Andre Sa and Bruno Soares teamed for a 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 win over Igor Andreev and Jeremy Chardy in the VTR Open first round. They go onto face Santiago Giraldo and Maximo Gonzalez, who defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva and Diego Junqueira 7-6(7), 6-2.

Meanwhile, Frederico Gil and Daniel Gimeno-Traver edged No. 3 seeds David Marrero and Pere Riba 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-8 to reach the semi-finals. Fourth seeds Pablo Andujar and Carlos Berlocq also advanced to the semi-finals, beating Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-6(7).

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