Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea downed Robert Lindstedt and Alexander Peya 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Wednesday. The sixth seeds broke serve four times (4/16) and fired four aces in the 87-minute win. They will next face fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.
John Peers and Henri Kontinen cruised 6-3, 6-2 against Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, securing a spot in the second round in 51 minutes. The unseeded duo saved both break points faced and are looking for a second team title after winning their debut event in Brisbane in January.
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"Today's match was very good," said Peers. "Henri and I have been putting in a lot of hard work so it's nice to have it pay off. We have been close in so many matches lately and it's not gone our way, so it's very rewarding that this one did. It's really nice being back on the clay and in the sunshine."
Seventh seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Nenad Zimonjic were eliminated by Brits Dominic Inglot and Andy Murray 2-6, 6-3, 10-5. Inglot/Murray move into the quarter-finals despite winning one fewer point (54-55) than their opponents.
The eighth-seeded Polish team formed by Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski was knocked out by Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi. Huey/Mirnyi won all but three second-serve points (13/16) and only faced one break point in the 65-minute encounter.