Peers/Kontinen Fight Into Rome SFs
Bryan Brothers advance on Friday
Top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers are moving closer to their first clay-court title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, marching into the semi-finals on Friday over fifth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-6(6).
Kubot/Melo have been the most in-form team on tour, racking up ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Miami (d. Monroe/Sock) and Madrid (d. Mahut/Vasselin). But Kontinen/Peers were not to be denied, saving a set point on their serve at 5-6 in the second set en route to claiming victory in one hour 36 minutes.
Next up for Kubot/Melo is eighth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers, who claimed a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 victory over Americans John Isner and Jack Sock. Dodig/Granollers are through to their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the season after going 0-3 in their previous attempts
Second seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan needed six match points to see off sixth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 6-2, 6-7(2), 11-9. Klaasen/Ram saved three match points on their serve at 4-5 and another at 5-6 in the second set. The Bryan brothers missed a fifth match point at 9/8 in the Match Tie-break with a forehand sent long, but regrouped to prevail in one hour and 35 minutes. They are in pursuit of a fifth Rome title.
Awaiting the Bryans in the final four will be fourth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who saved a match point to defeat Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 12-10 Herbert/Mahut missed two match point chances at 9/7 in the Match Tie-break and then saved a match point at 9/10. The French pair also saved a match point at 9/10 in the Match Tie-break during their opening-round win over Brian Baker and Nicholas Monroe.