Wild cards Nuno Borges and Francisco Cabral are just two wins from becoming the first Portuguese team to win the Millennium Estoril Open doubles title.
Borges and Cabral defeated Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-6 on Friday to reach the last four in front of their home fans. It is the second Match Tie-break they have won this week. In the first round, they upset third seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.
It won’t get any easier for the Portuguese, who will next play top seeds Jamie Murray and Michael Venus. The British-Kiwi duo eliminated Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-4.
Murray and Venus are not full-time doubles partners — Murray typically competes with Bruno Soares and Venus with Tim Puetz. But they have performed well on their team debut to make the semi-finals.
Matos/Vega Hernandez Reach Munich Final
Brazilian Rafael Matos and Spaniard David Vega Hernandez reached the BMW Open by American Express final on Friday when they clawed past Kazakhstani Andrey Golubev and Frenchman Fabrice Martin 7-6(1), 7-6(2).
The other Munich doubles semi-final will be played on Saturday between third seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies and Briton Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliovaara. Two-time Roland Garros champions Krawietz and Mies are in good form, winning last week’s Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.