ATP WORLD TOUR 2013 - WEEK 7
Nadal/Nalbandian Save 2 M.P. In Sao Paulo; Granollers/Lopez Win Rotterdam Opener
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal and David Nalbandian battled past Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the Brasil Open 2013 on Tuesday, saving two match points to win the first-round meeting 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 in Sao Paulo.
Nadal and Nalbandian trailed 7-9 in the match tie-break before reeling off four consecutive points to clinch the comeback victory in 79 minutes. The Spanish/Argentine tandem won six fewer points than Andujar and Garcia-Lopez, but move on to play Oliver Marach and Horacio Zeballos. The 27-year-old Zeballos upset Nadal this past Sunday to win the VTR Open title in Vina del Mar.
Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Spaniards Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Tommy Robredo. The Austrian/Brazilian duo finished 2012 as one of the most in-form pairings, winning three trophies in their last five events. They began 2013 with a second-round exit at the Australian Open (l. to Bellucci/Paire).
Third seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak needed just over two hours to edge Argentine tandem Lucas Arnold Ker and Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-7(3), 16-14.
In Rotterdam, top-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez defeated Rohan Bopanna and Rajeev Ram 7-6(2), 6-3 in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Granollers and Lopez saved all 10 break points they faced to claim victory in 80 minutes. In the quarter-finals, Granollers and Lopez face Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek, who defeated Marcos Baghdatis and Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4), 6-1 in 70 minutes.
Fourth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski made a winning debut, beating French tandem Benoit Paire and Gilles Simon 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-5 in 83 minutes. The Poles capitalised on two of their 11 break points to clinch their first win of the year.
French duo Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau upset second seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer with a 7-5, 6-2 win. Gasquet and Benneteau won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics (d. Ferrer/Lopez).
At the SAP Open in San Jose, No. 1 seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan cruised to the quarter-finals with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win over American wildcards Steve Johnson and Jack Sock. The top-ranked twins landed 84 per cent of first serves in their one hour and 25 minute victory.
Matthew Ebden and Michael Russell also advanced to the final eight, defeating Benjamin Becker and Flavio Cipolla 6-3, 7-6(6). The Australian/American team won 75 per cent of first serve points and converted the two break point opportunities they faced.