Cerretani Advances to Wimbledon Doubles Quarterfinals; Shamasdin Eliminated in Doubles Second Round
PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Brown men's tennis standout, Jamie Cerretani '04, who holds the Bears' career doubles win record with 120 victories, has advanced to the Quarterfinals in Gentlemen's Doubles at Wimbledon. Currently ranked #71 in the world in doubles action, Cerretani has his partner, Philipp Marx (Germany) have won their first three matches, en route to their Quarterfinal match. The duo will face the winner of the match between Carsten Ball (Australia)/Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) and sixth-seeded Michael Llodra (France)/Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia).
This marks the fourth straight year Cerretani has competed at Wimbledon and is the farthest he has advanced in any Grand Slam event. After losing in the second round at Wimbledon in 2008, Cerretani was eliminated in the first round in both 2009 and 2010.
The duo opened the Championships with a win 6-4, 6-1 win over Tailand's Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana in the first round. The second round saw Cerretani and Marx displace 16th-seeded Daniele Bracciali (Italy) and Frantisek Cermak (Czech Republic) in four sets (4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4).
The third round match between Cerretani and Marx and the Columbian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah was scheduled for Monday, June 27th, but was moved to Tuesday, June 28th, after getting cancelled on Monday.
After falling behind, 6-3, following the first set, the match was suspended due to weather. However, Cerretani and Marx stormed back after the delay and won the next three sets, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4 to move onto the Quarterfinal match.
Shamasdin, who was Cerretani's doubles partner for three years at Brown, went 1-1 in his first career appearance at Wimbledon. Having played in two other Grand Slam events, this marks the first time Shamasdin has advanced out of the first round.
Currently ranked #68 in the world in doubles and partnering with Chris Cuccione (Australia), the duo upset 10th-seeded Mark Knowles (Bahamas) and Lukasz Kobot (Poland) in the first round (1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4).
The duo lost a hard-fought three-set match in the second round on Monday, falling to Carsten Ball (Australia) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
Earlier this year, Cerretani and Shamasdin combined to win theirfirst ATP World Tour team title in Johannesburg, South Africa at the SA Tennis Open. The duo battled past top seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7, to earn the title.
Pictured: Jamie Cerretani '04.