Melo/Kubot Remain Unbeaten On Grass


Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo rallied from the brink of defeat on Monday at Wimbledon, fighting back from two sets down to reach the quarter-finals over 14th seeds Florin Mergea and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Kubot/Melo remain unbeaten on grass this year after prevailing at the Ricoh Open (d. Klaasen/Ram) and Gerry Weber Open (d. Zverev/Zverev). They’ve also picked up ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles this year in Miami (d. Monroe/Sock) and Madrid (d. Mahut/Roger-Vasselin). Next up for them are Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner or British brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski.

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Top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers continued their quest for a first Wimbledon crown by defeating qualifiers Hugo Nys and Antonio Sancic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Awaiting them in the last eight are Roland Garros champions and 10th seeds Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus, who prevailed in a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 marathon against sixth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers.

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Sixteenth seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic ended the dream run of British wild cards Marcus Willis and #NextGenATP player Jay Clarke by prevailing 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3). Pavic is through to his first Grand Slam quarter-final and Marach advances to his fifth. The win wasn’t without its painful moments, though…

Next up for Marach/Pavic are Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi, who defeated Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Mirnyi finished runner-up here in 2003 with Mahesh Bhupathi

The upset of the day goes to Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski, who reached their first Grand Slam quarter-final by moving past seventh seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3. Podlipnik-Castillo had won only one Grand Slam match prior to this week, while Vasilevski is making his debut at a major.

They’ll take on Croatians Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor in the next round after the unseeded pair defeated Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt 6-7(9), 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5. Both men are into the first Grand Slam quarter-finals and Skugor is also making his Grand Slam debut.

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