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Polish-Swedish pair seek first ATP World Tour final as a team
In their first match as a team since 2015, Robert Lindstedt and Marcin Matkowski fell in a third-set tie-break in the first round at Roland Garros against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. But they have not let the disappointment resonate, upsetting No. 3 seeds Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald 6-3, 6-4 at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart on Thursday to advance to their first semi-final as a pair since the Sydney International three years ago.
Lindstedt/Matkowski will attempt to reach their first ATP World Tour final together when they face Marton Fucsovics/Mischa Zverev or Jonathan Eysseric/Lucas Pouille. Eysseric and Pouille surprised No. 2 seeds Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-7 in a late opening-round match on Thursday.
The seeded casualties continued, as wild cards Philipp Petzschner and Tim Puetz battled past No. 4 seeds Marcelo Demoliner and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6. The Germans will look to continue their run in the semi-finals against top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. The Pakistani-Dutch team survived a battle, ousting Nick Kyrgios and Jackson Withrow 7-6(3), 6-4.