Top Singles Stars Fall In Doubles Play
Top singles stars including Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic took the court for doubles on Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, but it was the top-seeded doubles pairings who moved into the quarter-finals with impressive wins.
Djokovic and Viktor Troicki fell 6-3, 6-4 to top seeds Henri Kontinen/John Peers. The top-ranked doubles team saved all nine break points they faced to advance in 65 minutes. They’ll play the winner between fifth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, and Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas. Bopanna/Cuevas won the lone first-round match of the day over Marcin Matkowski and Alexander Peya 6-3, 6-7(7), 10-2.
Second seeds and defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated Wawrinka and Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-2. Herbert/Mahut went on a nine-game run from 3-5 down in the first set. Next up for them is sixth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers, who moved into the last eight over French duo Benoit Paire and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-2.
Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo scored a thrilling 6-1, 6-7(4), 14-12 victory over brothers Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev. Kubot/Melo saved a match point at 11/12 before converting on their fourth match point to advance in one hour and 29 minutes. Awaiting them in the quarter-finals is the winner between sixth seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, and Florin Mergea and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
Monaco native Romain Arneodo delighted the home crowd with partner Hugo Nys as the wild card pair defeated eighth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-5, 7-6(2). They’ll continue their dream run on Friday against third seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares or Tommy Haas and Treat Huey.