Former Champions Win Rotterdam Opener
The 2015 champions converted all three break point opportunities they created against the Spaniards, with a 74 per cent success rate on serve. The Dutch-Romanian duo next faces the Dutch wild card team of Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop, who beat compatriots Jasper Smit and Jesse Timmermans 6-2, 6-4.
Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic survived a huge first-round test to beat local favourites Sander Arends and Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 1-6, 11-9. Undefeated in 2018 with three tournament wins, the second seeds were taken all the way by the Dutch qualifiers, but proved their strength to win their fourth Match Tie-break of the year. Marach and Pavic will next meet Damir Dzumhur and Filip Krajinovic for a place in the semi-finals.
German brothers Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev, who have reached four ATP World Tour doubles finals as a team, suffered a 56-minute 3-6, 2-6 loss to Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram. The brothers got off to the best of starts, with a break of serve in the opening game of the match, but Dodig and Ram recovered from the slow start to set up a quarter-final clash with World No. 1 team Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.
Karen Khachanov got over a disappointing final-set tie-break loss in singles with a Match-Tie-break win alongside Open Sud de France champion Lucas Pouille. The Russian-French pairing beat Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-5.
Did You Know?
Marach and Pavic’s three previous Match Tie-break wins in 2018 all came en route to winning the ASB Classic in Auckland.