Nishikori/Thiem Shock Second Seeds In Brisbane
Nestor/Roger-Vasselin also advance on Tuesday.
Kei Nishikori/Dominic Thiem scored the first major doubles upset of 2017 on Tuesday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp, shocking second seeds and reigning ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen/John Peers, 1-6, 6-3, 12-10.
Nishikori/Thiem saved a match point on their serve at 8/9 in the Match Tie-break, but Kontinen/Peers did the same on their own serve at 9/10. The Japanese-Austrian pair regrouped to grab a mini-break and close out the battle in one hour and 49 minutes.
The Japanese star’s three career-best ATP World Tour doubles performances have all come in Brisbane. Nishikori was a runner-up in 2015 (w/Dologpolov) and a semi-finalist in 2013 and 2015 (w/Dimitrov). Thiem reached his first ATP World Tour doubles final last July in Kitzbuhel (w/Novak). Nishikori/Thiem will now play Gilles Muller/Sam Querrey for a place in the semi-finals.
Top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who won five titles as a team last year, knocked out Grigor Dimitrov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-3 for a quarter-final match against wild cards Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson. The Australians almost blew a 9/5 lead in the Match tie-break to beat Lucas Pouille and Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 2-6, 11-9.
In other first-round doubles matches in Brisbane, fourth seeds Daniel Nestor/Edouard Roger-Vasselin opened up their season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau. Next up for them is Steve Johnson/Diego Schwartzman.