by Ian Marshall, Editor
The no.7 seeds, Ovidiu Ionescu and Alvaro Robles suffered a six games reverse; they were beaten by the defending champions, the top seeded partnership formed by Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Denmark’s Jonathan Groth (11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5).
Success for Patrick Franziska and Jonathan Groth; now does that make them the best pair in the world, having beaten the pair who beat the best pair?
Victory as predicted it was the same in the remaining Men’s Doubles quarter-final contests; the partnerships with the higher credentials prevailed.
The finalists in 2012 in Herning, when Austria’s Robert Gardos and Daniel Habeshon beat Sweden’s Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson, both emerged successful. Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson, the no.2 seeds, beat the French combination of Simon Gauzy and Emmanuel Lebesson, the no.8 seeds (11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 11-5); Robert Gardos and Daniel Habesohn, the no.4 seeds, ended the hopes and aspirations of Russia’s Kirill Skachkov and Alexander Shibaev, the no.13 seeds (15-13, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8).
Meanwhile, in the one remaining Men’s Doubles quarter-final contest; Germany’s Ruwen Filus and Ricardo Walther, the no.3 seeds, overcame the partnership formed by England’s Sam Walker and Denmark’s Tobias Rasmussen (11-5, 11-3, 11-7, 12-14, 11-6), a pair whose journey had started in the qualification tournament.
At the semi-final stage Patrick Franziska and Jonathan Groth meet Daniel Habesohn and Robert Gardos, in the opposite half of the draw Ruwen Filus and Ricardo Walther confront Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson; the matches are scheduled for later in the day in the evening session of play.