Nestor/Zimonjic Lead Seeds Through In London
by ATP Staff|
Third seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic recorded a straight-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4), 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships. The 2008 champions will meet eighth seeds Colin Fleming and Marcin Matkowski, who downed Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-4, 7-6(3) in 72 minutes.
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, the fourth seeds, needed 64 minutes to defeat Nicholas Monroe and Vasek Pospisil 7-6(1), 6-1, while the fifth-seeded pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who picked up the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships crown in March, defeated Jeremy Chardy and Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(2), 6-4.
Kubot/Lindstedt, Federer/Chiudinelli Advance In Halle
Top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt, the reigning Australian Open champions, rallied to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu and Oliver Marach 5-7, 6-3, 10-4 in their first-round doubles match at the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday.
The two other seeded duos in action - No. 3 Jean Julien-Rojer and Horia Tecau and No. 4 Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky - bowed out. Croatians Ivo Karlovic and Mate Pavic defeated Rojer and Tecau, 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 10-8, while Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle beat Gonzalez and Lipsky 6-4, 2-6, 10-6. The latter victory marked a milestone 350th win for the Austrian Knowles.
Roger Federer and his fellow Swiss, Marco Chiudinelli, got a walkover into the doubles quarter-finals without hitting a ball, when Andreas Seppi withdrew due to a virus. Seppi had been set to partner Martin Emmrich.
Not to disappoint the fans who had hoped to see them play, the Swiss pair held an open practice session for an hour on their match court, with the capacity crowd applauding after each point.
Federer and Chiudinelli will next play Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo. The Colombians led 3-2 when a right knee injury for Teymuraz Gabashvili forced him and partner Benjamin Becker to retire from the match.