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Edouard Roger-Vasselin (left) and Fabrice Martin drop just six games on their way past the No. 2 seeds in Montreal.

French Pairs Surge Into Montreal QFs

Second and third seeds fall to French pairings

The crowd support playing in a French-speaking part of the world is doing the French doubles players no harm at this week’s Coupe Rogers with three duos advancing to the Coupe Rogers quarter-finals in Montreal. The all-French pairing of Fabrice Martin and Edouard Roger-Vasselin pulled off the biggest upset of the day when they defeated No. 2 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-2.

Not to be outdone, Gael Monfils and Benoit Paire pulled off an upset of their own when they took down the No. 3 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. The Frenchman prevailed 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 10-5 in one hour and 51 minutes.

There was guaranteed to be at least one all-French pairing into the quarter-finals as fifth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut took to the court against Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Herbert and Mahut booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-7(5), 10-3 result over their compatriots.

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