Roger-Vasselin/Mahut Oust Top Seeds Kubot/Melo In Wimbledon QF
Cabal/Farah save five match points
One day after overcoming Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin eliminated 2017 titlists Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
The 11th seeds advanced to the last four after three hours and five minutes on No. 1 Court, with Roger-Vasselin firing a forehand return winner to convert their third match point. Mahut and Vasselin will meet Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek for a place in the championship match. Dodig and Polasek, who reached the Antalya final ahead of Wimbledon (l. to Erlich/Sitak), beat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof 6-2, 7-6(1), 6-3 on Court 12.
Eastbourne champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were forced to save five match points to book their spot in the semi-finals. The second seeds, bidding to win their first Grand Slam title, overcame Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(8), 6-4, 11-9 after four hours and 32 minutes. Cabal and Farah saved 17 of 18 break points en route to victory and will meet Henri Kontinen and John Peers or Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus for a place in the final.
Kontinen and Peers put their names in the Wimbledon history books on Court 12, triumphing in the first 12-12 final-set tie-break at the tournament to beat Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 7-6(2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 13-12(2) after four hours and 29 minutes.