ROLAND GARROS 2014
Bryans, Nestor/Zimonjic Fall In Quarters
by ATP Staff|
The No. 1 and No. 3 doubles seeds were bundled out in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros on Monday. Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez beat defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-2, while Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea edged Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(5).
The 36-year-old Bryans won their second Roland Garros crown in 2013, 10 years on from their first triumph on the dirt, and were looking for a 16th Grand Slam championship to inch them closer to the target of 100 team titles. They are currently on 98 trophies, winning most recently at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
Spanish tandem Granollers and Lopez, who won the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, are through to the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the first time. After semi-final defeats at the 2013 Australian Open and the 2012 US Open, the Spaniards are looking to reach their first major final.
In their first tour-level outing together, Croatia’s Draganja and Mergea of Romania have enjoyed a dream run through to the semi-finals. They ended the 11-match winning streak of Nestor and Zimonjic, who came into Roland Garros after back-to-back titles at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournaments in Madrid and Rome.
Nestor and Zimonjic were looking to win Roland Garros for the second time, after victory four years ago (d. Dlouhy/Paes). The Canadian/Serbian duo reformed at the start of 2014 and have won three titles this season.
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