Soares' Milestone Win With Murray In Shanghai
Five seeded teams move on at Qi Zhong Stadium
The fourth seeds, the next team in line to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 12-19 November, advanced to the quarter-finals on Thursday by beating Kevin Anderson and Nenad Zimonjic 7-5, 6-2 in 75 minutes.
“It’s an amazing number for me, really special,” Soares told ATPWorldTour.com. “I had no clue that I was going to reach a number like this. I’m so pleased to be able to play at these big tournaments against the best players. It’s a special day for me, 400 match wins, and also for Brazilian tennis. I’m very honoured.”
Murray and Soares, currently No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Race To London, will now face sixth seeds and fellow contenders Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau booked their tickets to London next month for the season finale, which they won in 2015, as a result of defeating Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 in 72 minutes. They now meet seventh seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, who beat wild cards Di Wu and Yibing Wu 7-6(5), 6-3.
Fifth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers, currently No. 9 in the battle for a spot in the English capital, edged into the last eight by beating Marcin Matkowski and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7 in one hour and 43 minutes. They will next challenge top seeds and Nitto ATP Finals qualifiers Henri Kontinen and John Peers on Friday at the Qi Zhong Stadium in Shanghai.
Santiago Gonzalez and Julio Peralta, runners up at last week’s Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017 (l. to Mclachlan/Uchiyama), knocked out eighth seeds and this year’s Roland Garros champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus 6-4, 7-6(5) in 79 minutes.
They go onto face second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, who have already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals. The Polish/Brazilian team saved three match points to edge past Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 7-5, 4-6, 13-11 in one hour and 46 minutes. The Spaniards led 9/7 and 10/9 in the Match tie-break.