02:13 PM GMT November 11, 2014
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Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo have qualified for the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday after they clinched their second Group B win at The O2 in London.
Seventh seeds Dodig and Melo won a dramatic encounter against sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, the 2012 champions, 7-6(5), 7-6(12) in one hour and 56 minutes.
The Croatian-Brazilian tandem, who beat two-time former titlists Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic on Sunday, qualified as a result of their victory in straight sets and also Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Nestor and Zimonjic in three sets early today.
Melo came under pressure in the third game, but saved two break points. Dodig and Melo then combined to break Lopez’s serve on a deciding point deuce, when Dodig hit a fortuitous winner and soon opened up a 4-1 lead. Granollers and Lopez dug in, winning three straight games. In the tie-break, of the 55-minute set, Dodig and Melo recovered from a 2-5 deficit by winning five straight points.
The second set was no less dramatic. Dodig and Lopez each dropped their serves mid-set, prior to a 16-point Match tie-break, which became a battle of who kept their nerve. Granollers and Lopez squandered set point opportunities at 7/6, 9/8 and 10/9, while Dodig and Melo failed to convert match point chances at 6/5, 8/7, and 12/11.
Dodig and Melo, the only team at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals yet to lift a doubles trophy in 2014, become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. They are now 28-19 on the season, which includes runner-up finishes at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Bryans), the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Peya-Soares) and also the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo (l. to Herbert-Przysiezny).
Granollers and Lopez, who beat Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-4 in their first round-robin match on Sunday, drop to a 29-17 team record in 2014. The duo finished runner-up at both Roland Garros (l. to Benneteau-Roger-Vasselin) and the US Open (l. to Bryans).