Djokovic/Troicki Knock Out Defending Champs
Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki saved a match point to knock out defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open. The Serbians were down 8/9 in the Match Tie-break but won the final three points to defeat the top-seeded Frenchmen 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 and move into the quarter-finals in Indian Wells.
Djokovic and Troicki, playing in a tour-level event together for the first time since 2012 Indian Wells, broke twice to take the second set in 28 minutes. They fell behind 0/4 in the Match Tie-break but came back to reach the last eight of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
The Belgrade natives will face sixth seeds Raven Klaasen/Rajeev Ram, who saved three match points to beat Rafael Nadal/Bernard Tomic 3-6, 7-6(4), 11-9 in one hour and 34 minutes. Nadal/Tomic had two match points on serve in the second set at 5-4, 40/30. Their third match point came at 9/8 in the Match Tie-break.
In other doubles action, third seeds Henri Kontinen/John Peers won 82 per cent of their service points (40/49) to beat the Zverev brothers – Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev – 6-3, 6-4 in 62 minutes. Kontinen/Peers, who won the Australian Open, will face Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals. Muller/Querrey, who reached the Brisbane final earlier this year, beat Florin Mergea and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-1, 1-6, 10-6.
Brits Andy Murray and Daniel Evans were unable to back up their upset of fifth seeds Marc Lopez and Feliciano Lopez from the opening round. The unseeded tandem went down to the experienced duo of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-3. The Dutch-Romanian pair broke four times to close out the last doubles match of the day and prevented a showdown between the Murray brothers with Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares next.