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Lindstedt/Tecau Reach Bucharest Semis

Doubles 2012

Lindstedt/Tecau© Raed KrishanRobert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau reached the Bucharest semi-finals.

Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau cruised into the semi-finals of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Thursday in Bucharest, dismissing Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa 6-3, 6-2. The Swedish-Romanian duo converted five of their 11 break points to clinch victory in 74 minutes.

Lindstedt and Tecau are currently fifth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London and are through to their fourth tour-level semi-final of the season. They reached the final in Rotterdam (l. to Llodra/Zimonjic) and were beaten in the last four at the Australian Open (l. to Bryans) and Brisbane (l. to Mirnyi/Nestor).

For a place in the final, Lindstedt and Tecau will face Australians Paul Hanley and Jordan Kerr, who defeated Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-6 in one hour and 48 minutes. Fourth seeds James Cerretani and Fabio Fognini also reached the semi-finals, battling past Germans Tobias Kamke and Florian Mayer 3-6, 7-6(2), 11-9.

At the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, an ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament, Mahesh Bhupathi and Nenad Zimonjic advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-6 win over Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram. Playing together for the first time in five years, Bhupathi and Zimonjic won two points less than their opponents but prevailed in a Match Tie-break in one hour and 37 minutes.

Fourth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski were also made to work hard for their quarter-final berth, edging Eric Butorac and Bruno Soares 3-6, 7-6(3), 12-10 in one hour and 35 minutes. They go onto face seventh seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, who defeated British duo Andy Murray and Jamie Murray 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 in one hour and 46 minutes.

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