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Melo/Robredo Upset No. 2 Seeds In Brisbane

Doubles 2013

First-time pairing Marcelo Melo and Tommy Robredo reached the Brisbane International semi-finals on Thursday as they upset second-seeded Brits Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray 7-6(2), 6-4 in 72 minutes.

The Brazilian/Spanish duo will face another unseeded tandem, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, after the Bulgarian/Japanese duo edged Australian alternates John Peers and John-Patrick Smith 7-6(6), 7-5 in 82 minutes.

Marcos Baghdatis and Jarkko Nieminen will face top seeds Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley in the semi-finals of this ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament after dismissing Colombian duo Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4 in 59 minutes.

In Doha, No. 2 seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek advanced to the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final after prevailing 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-6 over Dustin Brown and Jonathan Marray. Knowle and Polasek won all seven of their first serve points in the decisive match tie-break.

For the title, Knowle and Polasek will square off against Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Germans beat third seeds Daniele Bracciali and Oliver Marach 6-4, 7-5.

At the Aircel Chennai Open, Raven Klaasen and Nicholas Monroe stunned No. 1 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor with a  6-4, 7-5 victory. Klaasen and Monroe saved 10 of the 11 break points they faced en route to clinching the upset victory in 75 minutes.

In the semi-finals, Klaasen and Monroe will take on Benoit Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka. The French/Swiss pair turned the tables against third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Rajeev Ram for a 0-6, 6-4, 10-1 comeback win in 53 minutes.

Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich also advanced to the semi-finals, defeating Slovenien duo Aljaz Bedene and Blaz Kavcic 7-6(1), 6-1.

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