Americans Fritz/Paul reach St. Petersburg quarter-finals
Third seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek brought former World No. 8 singles player Jurgen Melzer’s career to a close at the Erste Bank Open on Wednesday. The Australian/Slovak pair scored a 7-6(3), 7-5 victory over the 40-year-old Austrian and Alexander Zverev in 93 minutes.
Fourth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah eked out a narrow victory over Feliciano Lopez and Stefanos Tsitsipas for a semi-final berth. The Colombians hit six aces and converted their sole break point opportunity to defeat the Spanish/Greek duo 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 10-8 in just over two hours.
Cabal/Farah Become Sixth Team To Qualify For Nitto ATP Finals
The team to most recently book its Nitto ATP Finals berth in Turin, Cabal/Farah, missed four match points in the second-set tie-break and another in the match tie-break before its passage was sealed. They await Sander Gille and Dominik Koepfer or top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. Gille/Koepfer scored a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over recent Antwerp champions, Nicolas Mahut and Fabrice Martin.
At the St. Petersburg Open, American duo Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul combined for a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Uruguayan-Ecuadorian pair Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar. The unseeded partnership will meet Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner for a place in the semi-finals.
Mexican-Argentine pair Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni also booked a quarter-final spot after they edged past Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic in 91 minutes. Gonzalez/Molteni set a showdown with fourth seeds Hugo Nys and Andrey Golubev following their 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 win.