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Glasspool/Heliovaara, Bolelli/Fognini also advance to quarter-finals
Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin saved two match points and 11 of 12 break points to pull off an upset against fourth seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open.
In a 6-7(8), 7-6(5), 11-9 victory, the Mexican-French duo erased those match points at 5-6 in the second set, then overcame a 6/8 deficit in the Match Tie-break to advance to the Indian Wells quarter-finals. They will next take on Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara on Wednesday, after the fifth seeds beat Americans Marcos Giron and J.J. Wolf 6-2, 6-3.
Rounding out Monday’s doubles action at the ATP Masters 1000, Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini came from behind to score a 1-6, 6-3, 10-5 win against the American duo of Austin Krajicek and Mackenzie McDonald.
Bolelli/Fognini face defending and two-time desert champions John Isner and Jack Sock in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.
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The other two quarterfinal matchups: top seeds Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof play Jamie Murray and Michael Venus, while Canadian superstars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov meet Matthew Ebden and Rohan Bopanna.