BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2012
Hanley/Marray Upset Top Seeded Bryans
by ATP Staff|
Paul Hanley and Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray upset top seeds and two-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan to reach the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals on Thursday. The Australian/British duo fired 17 aces and converted one of their four break points to edge the Bryans 6-4, 6-7(2), 10-5 in 80 minutes.
Marray combined with Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen to claim a shock victory at Wimbledon in July (d. Lindstedt/Tecau); the pair are set to reunite next week to contest the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The 31-year-old Marray is partnering Hanley for the first time this week. Hanley, 34, is a former champion in Paris, lifting the trophy with Wayne Arthurs in 2003 (d. Llodra/Santoro).
Seventh seeds Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer clinched their spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as they battled past Feliciano Lopez and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-7(3), 17-15 in just under two hours.
The final spot in the eight-team field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will be decided on Friday in a winner-take-all clash between Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna and Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski. Indian duo Bhupathi and Bopanna advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over French wild cards Julien Benneteau and Adrian Mannarino.
The wild card pair of Josselin Ouanna and Nicolas Renavand upset No. 6 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Leander Paes 7-6(5), 6-4. The Frenchmen broke Melzer and Paes five times from 11 opportunities in the 82-minute victory.
Eighth seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, winner of three ATP World Tour titles, lost just seven of their first service points to beat Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 in 80 minutes.