The French Open draws are heating up, and Doubles Take is here with the latest.
With a French Open title in 2016 and a US Open runner-up finish last year, it’s clear that Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez know how to play on the biggest stages.
Now, they’re only two matches away from their third Grand Slam final in as many years.
The Spaniards defeated Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa in the round of 16 to advance to the Roland Garros quarterfinals. They’re joined by Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who knocked off the top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo; Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya; and Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
Meanwhile, Kubot and Melo weren’t the only high seed to fall as Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, the number-four seeds fell.
Maybe it was just something with four seeds: On the women’s side, Latisha Chan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands also lost. The top-two seeds—Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, and Andrea Hlavackova and Barbora Strycova—got through their second-rounders to advance to the last 16.
Here’s a look at some of the standout matches on tap on Sunday.
Serena Williams/Venus Williams vs. Andreja Klepac/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (3): A day off? What’s that? Serena Williams, playing her first Grand Slam in more than a year will be back on court again, fresh off her singles win over the Julia Goerges, the No. 11 seed. Of course, every match will get increasingly tougher, with this one against the No. 3 seeds falling right in line with that. The way they’ve been playing, the Williams sisters appear up for the challenge.
Andrea Hlavackova/Edouard Roger-Vasselin vs. Gabriela Dabrowski/Mate Pavic (1): This was not good:
What a way to lose a Slam QF: up match point, Edouard Roger-Vasselin jumps in front of Andrea Hlavackova, shouts "me, me, me," swings and knocks the racket out of her hand and into the net.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 25, 2018
They lost the point, and then soon the match. #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/KuN8YBtazK
Now these two teams are meeting again for the second Slam in a row, this time in the second round of the French Open mixed doubles. It’s pretty safe to say Roger-Vasselin will definitely defer to Hlavackova when she’s lined up for an overhead.
Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (5) vs. Wesley Koolhof/Artem Sitak: This has already been a career year for Cabal and Farah, with their first Grand Slam final and maiden ATP Masters 1000 title. Coming into the French Open, “Colombian Power” was considered one of the teams to beat, and so far, they’ve been meeting those expectations. Koolhoff and Sitak entered Roland Garros as a dangerous floater and have already proven themselves, too. This contender/upstart battle has the potential to be a great one.
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