Murray/Soares Advance On Day Of Upsets
British/Brazilian duo reaches semis as Rojer/Tecau fall
On a day of upsets in the Australian Open doubles quarter-finals, seventh seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares held their nerve for a 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram on Tuesday in Melbourne.
“It was such a close match,” Murray told ATPWorldTour.com. “Everybody was serving very well in fast conditions. We just tried to stay patient and made a few great shots in the tie-break. But it was such fine margins.”
Murray and Soares joined forces at the start of the season and captured their first title together in Sydney. The Briton and Brazilian are both bidding for their first Grand Slam championship.
Murray and Soares are the highest seeds left in the competition now, as World No. 1 pairing Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau were bounced by Frenchmen Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille, falling 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-4.
Mannarino/Pouille combined for 46 winners, including eight aces, in the two-hour, 17-minute upset.
No. 16 seeds Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers stormed back from a set down to upend No. 9 seeds Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, advancing to the semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win in Margaret Court Arena.
After dropping the first set in 42 minutes, the difference a service break at 5-all, the Uruguyan-Spanish combination rolled through the second and third sets with a pair of breaks in each stanza.
Posipisil and Sock, the 2014 Wimbledon titlists, finished with 27 unforced errors and three double faults in the one-hour and 48-minute loss, converting just one of their 11 break-point opportunities. Cuevas and Granollers, meanwhile, registered 29 winners to just 14 unforced errors.
They will next face Daniel Nestor/Radek Stepanek, who defeated No. 14 seeds Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi 6-4, 6-4. "It was a great win for us today," Nestor said. "Radek played amazing tennis and created a lot of opportunities for us. We probably should have won the match easier, but I didn't convert on several break points on my side making it a very difficult match.
"But the thing that we have been both doing well since the start of the tournament is staying patient and positive and not letting missed opportunities or any other factors bother us, which is the best approach in a Grand Slam."