Colombians Win Monster Tie-break in D.C.
Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal break a record en route to the quarter-finals in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. - Colombians Make Record
Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal won an epic 48-point tie-break en route to a first-round doubles victory at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. The Colombian duo topped American qualifiers Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe 25/23 in the dramatic first-set tie-break before going on to win 7-6(23), 6-3.
It is believed to be the longest doubles tie-break since the ATP World Tour was formed in 1990 and second only to a 26/24 tie-break won by Michael Mortensen and Jan Gunnarsson at Wimbledon in 1985 in their defeat of John Frawley and Victor Pecci.
Cabal and Farah will next face fourth seeds Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic, who were 7-5, 6-4 winners over Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt.
Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi defeated Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6(9) while No. 2 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo saw off Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 7-6(1), 6-2.
Kitzbuhel - Seeded Duos Reach Semi-Finals
Second seeds Andre Begemann and Lukasz Kubot, who are playing together for the first time this week, reached the Generali Open semi-finals with a 7-6(5), 6-1 win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Diego Schwartzman.
Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Santiago Gonzalez, the No. 3 seeds and recent finalists in Umag, rallied to defeat Joao Souza and Jiri Vesely 5-7, 6-4, 10-5.
In first-round action, Robin Haase and Henri Kontinen teamed up for a 6-4, 6-3 win over Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. Marach and Qureshi had reached the final in their team’s previous two appearances, winning the title in 2011 in Bangkok and finishing runners-up last week in Gstaad.