Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos have been sharpest when it mattered most on Thursday on the Mutua Madrid Open, profitable a first-set tie-break and a Match Tie-break to get off to a profitable begin on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion.
The Spanish-Argentine duo moved previous the all-Spanish duo Pablo Carreno Busta and Pedro Martinez, 7-6(8), 2-6, 10-5.
After main by an early break and lacking out on three set factors on the return at 5-4 within the opening set, Granollers and Zeballos received an prolonged tie-break wherein they saved a pair of set factors. They secured the set on their second set level of the tie-break and fifth of the stanza.
After dropping the second set by a double break, the second seeds took command of the Match Tie-break by profitable 4 straight factors from 5/4, finally sealing the victory on their second match level.[FOLLOW ACTION]
They advance to face fifth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in Friday’s quarter-finals. The Colombians have been walkover winners towards Felix Auger-Aliassime and Grigor Dimitrov.
The 2 different doubles matches contested on Thursday each produced upsets. Two-time Roland Garros champions Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz of Germany dismissed prime seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, 6-4, 6-4, whereas Simone Bolelli and Ivan Dodig edged third seeds Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6.
All 4 males’s doubles quarter-finals are set for Friday in Madrid.