Teaming up for the first time since the 2016 edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro, local favorites Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares were surprised this Thursday at Jockey Club Brasileiro.
In a very intense match at court Guga Kuerten they lost to wild cards Thomaz Bellucci and Rogério Dutra Silva in three sets: 6/2, 6/7 (6) and 10/5.
With the result they will take on Roman Jebavy and Andres Molteni in semis, this Friday, in the second match of the session that starts at 3pm, hoping to give Brazil its first tittle in Rio.
“We are having fun playing together and we are taking it game by game with no expectations”, said Bellucci. “We’re happy with the win and we now hope to have a great game tomorrow in front of our crowd.”
For Melo, the loss is not a big deal, specially because it was their first time playing together sin Stockholm, in 2016.
“Every time we lose a match people treat it like it’s the end of the world but it’s really not. We gotta look at the positives and we were happy we pleased the crowd”, said Melo.
Former World No. 1, he has won 32 ATP Tour doubles titles and former World No. 2 Soares has won 30, but neither has ever lifted the Rio title. Melo made the 2014 final. Soares has lost in the semi-finals in each of the event’s previous five editions.
The other semi-final this Friday, at 3pm, will put face to face two time champions of the Rio Open (2014 and 2016), Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah and Argentinian Maximo Gonzales and Chilean Nicolas Jarry.
RESULTS – FEBRUARY 21, 2019
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / R. Dutra Silva (BRA) d  M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) 62 67(6) 10-5
 J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d L. Bambridge (GBR) / J. O’Mara (GBR) 62 63
M. Gonzalez (ARG) / N. Jarry (CHI) d  N. Mektic (CRO) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 46 76(5) 12-10
R. Jebavy (CZE) / A. Molteni (ARG) d M. Demoliner (BRA) / F. Nielsen (DEN) 36 64 10-3
ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019
COURT GUGA KUERTEN start 3:00 pm
A. Bedene (SLO) vs [Q] H. Dellien (BOL)
L. Djere (SRB) vs [Q] C. Ruud (NOR)
J. Munar (ESP) vs [WC] F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Cuevas (URU)
COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
M. Gonzalez (ARG) / N. Jarry (CHI) vs  J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / R. Dutra Silva (BRA) vs R. Jebavy (CZE) / A. Molteni (ARG)