Top seeds Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis survived a day of upsets in the Tokyo doubles draw as they advanced to the semi-finals on Thursday evening.
The Aussies maintained their perfect set record on the week with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against the Spanish team of Pedro Martinez and Bernabe Zapata Miralles. In an eventful match, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis surrendered a break lead in both sets, but snapped back instantly on both occasions to restore their advantage.
The pair combined for 11 aces while saving two of four break points and converting on four of 11 break chances.
Next up for the popular duo is the team of Mackenzie McDonald and Marcelo Melo. The American-Brazilian pair knocked off fourth seeds Daniel Evans and John Peers 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-6.
In the draw's bottom half, Belgian qualifiers Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen scored an upset of their own against second-seeded Aussies Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. Both teams were two-for-three on break points in the contest, with the Belgians ultimately earning a 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 victory against the the reigning Wimbledon champions.
Gille and Vliegen have won three consecutive matches via Match Tie-breaks in Tokyo, beginning in the final round of qualifying. They will meet third seeds third seeds Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez in the semi-finals after the Brazilian-Spanish team downed Americans Brandon Nakashima and Hunter Reese 6-3, 7-6(4).
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