Roger-Vasselin/Zimonjic Save 8 Match Points
French/Serbian duo ousts Americans
Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Nenad Zimonjic made a miraculous comeback against Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 4-6, 6-1, 14-12 in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. The No. 8 seeds were down 2-9 in the Match Tie-break, but saved seven match points in a row (eight total) before securing victory in 75 minutes.
“We tried to focus on each point, down 2-9,” Roger-Vasselin said. “Of course, we didn’t believe we could win, but this is the beauty of the sport. We kept trying every point and we got through. Amazing feeling.”
“It’s our first tournament together,” Zimonjic added. “There is no better test than playing against the Bryans. They are unbelievable frontrunners. We played a great second set, and this [Match Tie-break] was just a miracle, the way we pulled it out.”
The winners will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the semi-finals. Roger-Vasselin and Zimonjic also saved four match points in a 17-15 Match tie-break win over Czechs Marek Michalicka and Ivo Minar in the first round.
“Three Frenchmen on the court, we all know each other quite well,” Roger-Vasselin said. “It’ll be a good fight. It’ll be my first time on Stadium 1 so I’ll look forward to that.”