By Philip James
Delgado/Skupski(1) 7-5 3-6 10-2 Authom/ Brezac.
Lindstedt/Zimonjic (3) 4-6 0-1 retired Fleming/Marray
Malisse/Moser (4) 6-4 6-4 Murray/Peers
British men experienced a win, a loss and a retirement in their doubles match ups on Thursday.
Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski, top seeds at the Open BNP Paribas in Quimper, France, emerged victorious from their second-round match against Belgian Maxime Authom and Frenchman Charles-Antoine Brezac.
The all-British team would have expected a win over their much lower ranked opponents and sneaked the first set 7-5 after exchanging early breaks.
They faltered in the second set, dropping to a 47% first serve percentage and winning only two return points but recovered to take the match on a Champion’s Tie-break in just over an hour and ten minutes.
When they broke in the first game of the second set, there was a real possibility of a significant victory over two of the world’s top doubles players.
Sadly an injury to Marray meant the pair had to retire allowing the third seeds to progress to the semi-final of the ATP 500 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Had to retire from our match today. Gutted for @jonnymarray getting injured especially in a winning position. He’ll be back soon hopefully!
— Colin Fleming (@colin_fleming) February 14, 2013
There is no news yet on the extent of what is reported to be a calf injury for Marray, but the pair and fans alike will hope this is only a temporary set-back for the promising partnership.
Malisse, a veteran of both the singles and doubles tour, and Moser, ranked 79th in the world in doubles, proved too much for the British-Australian pairing, winning in just under an hour.