Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and American Jack Sock survived both their opponents and a rainy day in Paris on Sunday to advance into the French Open quarter-finals via a 7-6(3), 7-6(2) win over Frenchmen Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Fellow Canadian Daniel Nestor (Toronto) was not as fortunate, dropping both his men’s and mixed doubles matches.
After an early loss of serve saw No. 2 seeds Pospisil and Sock fall behind to No. 14 seeds Herbert and Mahut, the reigning Wimbledon champions were able to climb back and even it up. After a rain delay in the middle of the closely-contested set, the Canadian-American pair took the one-set advantage thanks a strong tiebreaker.
In the following set, neither team was able to earn a service break and another tiebreaker ensued. Pospisock was able to come out on top once again for the victory in just under two hours.
Next up will be No. 5-seeded Dutch-Romanian team Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau for a place in the semifinals.
Nestor’s 2015 French Open tournament came to an end, as he went 0-2 on the day. First, he and Indian teammate Leander Paes lost their third-round match to No. 6-seeded duo and Australian Open champions Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4. The Italians were a perfect four-for-four on break point opportunities against Nestor and Paes, who were seeded No. 10.
In mixed doubles, he and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic – the No. 6 seeds – were defeated by Australian Anastasia Rodionova and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-3 in the second round.