Second seeds Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez used a pair of late-set charges to secure a quarter-final victory on Wednesday at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. The Brazilian-Spanish pairing earned a 6-4, 7-5 result against Nicolas Barrientos and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela behind breaks of serve in the penultimate game of each set.
The pair was broken just once in the match, at 4-3 in the opening set, but an instant response restored the break advantage. They did not face a break point in the second set.
Matos and Vega Hernandez saved a match point in their opening-round victory against Albano Olivetti and Fernando Romboli but avoided any such drama in the quarter-finals. The lone team through to the semi-finals in Umag, they await the winner of the matchup pitting third seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara against Mili Poljicak and Nino Serdarusic.
In second-round action, Tomislav Brkic and Francisco Cabral upset fourth seeds Andrey Golubev and Maximo Gonzalez 6-4, 7-6(3), while the Croatian team of Antonio Sancic and Franko Skugor downed Slovakians Alex Molcan and Igor Zelenay 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-3.
Krawietz/Mies March On In Kitzbühel
Two-time Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski to reach the semi-finals at the Generali Open. Champions in Barcelona and Munich this season, the Germans are seeking a third title of 2022.
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Kyrgios/Kokkinakis Advance To Atlanta Semi-finals
Reigning Australian Open champions Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios closed out the Wednesday evening session at the Atlanta Open with a 6-4, 7-6(3) quarter-final victory against Gonzalo Escobar and Hunter Reese. The second seeds saved the only break point they faced in the contest while winning 87 per cent of their first-serve points on the stadium court.