Eighth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau battled onerous on Wednesday to achieve the second spherical of the Australian Open. The Dutch-Romanian duo, enjoying its seventh season collectively, defeated Dominic Inglot and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in a single hour and 36 minutes.
Rojer and Qureshi have historical past collectively, qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals as a workforce in 2012 and 2013. But it surely was Rojer and Tecau who confirmed their chemistry below stress towards Inglot and Qureshi, who had been competing in simply their second event as a tandem.
Rojer and Tecau, who’ve gained 20 tour-level titles collectively, will subsequent play Aussie wild playing cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville or in-form Russian Andrey Rublev and Belarusian Andrei Vasilevski.
There was an enormous upset on the primary day of doubles motion, as Kazakhs Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin defeated 2019 Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3, 7-6(7). Krawietz and Mies are actually 1-Four on the season after going 1-2 on the ATP Cup and dropping within the first spherical of the Adelaide Worldwide. All 4 of their losses this yr have are available straight units.
Bublik and Kukushkin will play Aussie wild playing cards Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson or South Korean wild playing cards Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Music.
Fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek continued their sturdy begin to the season, beating Aussie wild playing cards Blake Ellis and Alexei Popyrin 7-6(11), 6-3. The Adelaide finalists will meet one other Australian workforce, Chris Guccione and Matt Reid, within the second spherical. Guccione and Reid hit 31 winners to beat Marc Lopez and Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-Three in 61 minutes.
Sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, who gained an ATP Masters 1000 title collectively in Montreal final yr, confronted few difficulties in a 6-4, 6-Four victory towards Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald. Granollers and Zeballos have confirmed harmful on the Grand Slam-level, making the championship match ultimately yr’s US Open.
John Friends and Michael Venus transformed three of 4 break factors to defeat Frederik Nielsen and Tim Puetz 7-5, 6-3. The seventh seeds will meet Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, who beat Aljaz Bedene and Ariel Behar 6-3, 6-2. Fifth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic additionally superior with a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory towards Marco Cecchinato and Laslo Djere.
Different groups that superior Thursday are No. 16 seeds Austin Krajicek/Franko Skugor, Henri Kontinen/Jan-Lennard Struff, Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen and Marcelo Arevalo/Jonny O’Mara.