SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Hutchins/Fleming Upset Lindstedt/Tecau For Shanghai QF Berth
by ATP Staff|
Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins kept alive their outside chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as they reached their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final on Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The British pairing defeated third seeds and three-time Wimbledon runners-up Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau for the second week in a row, 6-4, 7-5.
Fleming and Hutchins are up to 11th in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, having reached the final of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (l. to Peya/Soares) and the semi-finals at the China Open in Beijing (l. to Berlocq/Istomin) in the past two weeks.
Fleming and Hutchins go onto face sixth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, who edged Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 1-6, 10-8 in 72 minutes. The recent US Open semi-finalists (l. to Bryans) are bidding for their third ATP World Tour title of the season to press their claim in the Race To London.
Seventh seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-6(9), 6-4 victory over Treat Conrad Huey and Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray. The Indian tandem claimed the only service break of the match as they clinched victory in 75 minutes. Bhupathi and Bopanna, currently eighth in the Race To London, are closing on one of the four remaining spots at the year-end championships.
Austria’s Jurgen Melzer and Milos Raonic of Canada ended the eight-match winning run of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, beating the eighth seeds 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes. Peya and Soares were coming off back-to-back titles in Kuala Lumpur and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo (d. Paes/Stepanek).