Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Oust Bryans To Reach Wimbledon QF
Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin put an end to Mike Bryan's title defence at Wimbledon as they dismissed the American and brother Bob Bryan — three-time champions at the All England Club — 7-6(3), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5) in third-round action Monday. Mike had won the title last year with countryman Jack Sock while Bob had been sidelined with a hip injury.
Mahut and Roger-Vasselin are making their team's Wimbledon debut this fortnight, but have combined to win six titles, including the grass-court title in 2013 at Newport. In 2016, they faced off against each other in an all-French doubles final at the grass-court major, with Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeating Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau in straight sets.
In the quarter-finals, the Frenchmen will look to knock out 2017 Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. The top seeds also needed four sets to get by Marcelo Demoliner and Divij Sharan 7-5, 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 6-3.
Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah reached the quarter-finals for the first time at Wimbledon after defeating Roman Jebavy and Philipp Oswald 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 7-5. The Colombians will next face fifth seeds and 2015 champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who advanced via retirement over ninth-seeded Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5, 4-3.
Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek continued their surprise run. After upsetting No. 10 seeds Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski in the opening round last week, they reached the quarter-finals by defeating sixth-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-6(3).
Dodig finished runner-up at this event in 2013 with Melo (l. to Bryan/Bryan), but Polasek had never reached the last eight here. The 33-year-old Slovakian retired in 2013, but returned to action last year. He’s won five ATP Challenger Tour doubles titles in the past two months and was a finalist two weeks ago with Dodig at the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya (l. to Erlich/Sitak).
Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, the No. 3 seeds, advanced with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(0) win over No. 16 seeds Robin Haase and Frederik Nielsen. They await the winner between Henri Kontinen/John Peers and Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury, who were locked at 5-5 in the fifth set when play was suspended.