MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Zimonjic Records 600th Match Win; Bryans Open Title Defence
by ATP Staff|
Nenad Zimonjic joined the 600 match-wins club on Thursday at the Mutua Madrid Open, as he teamed up with Daniel Nestor for a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over last year’s finalists Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
The 37-year-old Serbian is the 19th player to reach the milestone, and could move up to joint-17th place with Brian Gottfried on the list of match-wins leaders by reclaiming the Madrid title this week. Nestor, 41, tops the list with 936 match wins.
Nestor and Zimonjic lifted the Madrid trophy together in 2009 and, since reforming at the start of the season, are chasing their second title. They were finalists in their last outing, two weeks ago the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Huta Galung/Robert).
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For a place in the final, the sixth seeds will face ‘Colombian Power’ Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who edged Kevin Anderson and Jurgen Melzer 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-6 in one hour and 41 minutes. Cabal and Farah are looking to reach their sixth final of the year together.
Top seeds and five-time Madrid champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan survived an opening scare against the in-form duo of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. The Bryans prevailed 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 to reach the quarter-finals.
The Bryans improved to a 22-match winning streak and are looking to win their sixth title in a row. The Americans have not lost since the Memphis final in February, lifting trophies in Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami, Houston and Monte-Carlo. Victory in Monte-Carlo took them to 98 team titles and Mike, individually, to 100.
The 36-year-old Bryans won this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament for the fifth time last year.
Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski also secured their place in the quarter-finals after battling past seventh seeds and Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt 7-5, 6-7(6), 13-11 in one hour and 46 minutes. The Poles are two-time Madrid champions, triumphing in 2008 and '12.