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Watch: Asciak, Pecotic storm into the men’s doubles semi-finals

Matthew Asciak and Matija Pecotic launched their men’s doubles campaign with a commanding display as they had the better of Icelandic duo Anton Magnusson and Vladimir Ristic 6-1, 6-0 on Monday. 

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Pecotic, 33, was delighted with their performance as he hopes this win can propel them towards more positive results in the men’s doubles’ campaign.

“Absolutely, it was the best way to launch this tournament,” Pecotic told the Times of Malta.

“We translated a lot of things from the training sessions to this game and we hope to keep it going.”

Pecotic, ranked 539 in the ATP rankings, explained how his chemistry with experienced player Matthew Asciak is important to be at their best in this competition.

Last week, the Maltese pair were involved in a doubles’ competition in Tunisia, playing two matches as they bowed out in the quarter-finals.

“Last week, we played in a competition in Tunisia which helped us to learn more about each other and develop our chemistry together,” he explained.

“This win was very important for us.” 

In another men’s doubles quarter-final, Luxembourg’s pair Calzi/Knaff eased past Glauser/Zuend of Liechtenstein 6-1, 6-2. 

The final of the men’s doubles is pencilled for June 2.

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