Murray/Soares Survive Close Shave
Defending champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares survived a scare at the Fever-Tree Championships on Thursday, coming from behind in a Match Tie-break to defeat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7.
Murray and Soares, who defeated Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in last year's championship match, twice led by a break of serve in the second set, but couldn't maintain control as they were forced into a Match Tie-break by the first-time pairing.
Daniell and Koolhof led the decider by a mini-break before the fourth seeds rallied, reeling off six consecutive points from 4/7 down to avoid defeat.
"It shouldn't have got to that stage... But we did well to kind of stay calm and do what we needed to do at the end to get over the line. It's great we're in the semis," said Murray.
Murray and Soares converted four of nine break point opportunities in the one-hour, 34-minute contest to set a semi-final meeting with ATP Doubles Race To London frontrunners Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.
The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions won 40 of 47 service points and landed six aces to reach the semi-finals.
Kontinen and Peers will meet British duo Kyle Edmund and Neal Skupski for a place in the final. Edmund and Skupski beat Australian pairing Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios 6-1, 6-4 in 45 minutes. Earlier in the day, Kyrgios defeated Edmund in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the singles draw.
Top Seeds Progress To Halle Semi-finals
The top two seeded teams — No. 1 Lukas Kubot and Marcelo Melo, and No. 2 Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya — advanced to the Gerry Weber Open semi-finals on Thursday.
Kubot and Melo, this year’s Sydney International titlists, worked their way past Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-4 in one hour and 36 minutes. They will next face fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram, who beat Marcel Granollers and Robin Haase 7-5, 7-5.
Mektic and Peya, with a 2-2 record in ATP World Tour finals this year, swept past Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-3 in 56 minutes. Mektic and Peya won the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech (d. Paire/Roger-Vasselin) and their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Bryan/Bryan).