Farah Hits 200 In Paris
Robert Farah clinched his 200th tour-level doubles victory on Tuesday, defeating Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald 7-6(3), 7-6(4) alongside partner Juan Sebastian Cabal at Roland Garros. The fifth seeds advanced to the second round after one hour and 52 minutes, winning 76 per cent of second-serve points.
Farah, who turned professional in 2010, recently won his 11th tour-level title with Cabal at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, beating Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa in the championship match.
The Colombian Power await Argentina’s Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman or Antoine Hoang and Ugo Humbert in the second round.
Great Britain’s Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski took just 67 minutes to produce a big upset on Court 15, defeating Americans Mike Bryan and Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-4.
The Open Sud de France champions won 88 per cent of first-serve points (31/35) and converted the only two break points of the match en route to victory. The British brothers, competing for the first time together on the Parisian clay, now hold an 8-3 record at tour-level this season.
Mike Bryan, a two-time champion at the event (2003, 2013), was competing without his injured brother, Bob Bryan, for the first time at a Grand Slam. Bryan/Bryan had contested the past 76 majors together, dating back to 1999 Roland Garros.
Skupski/Skupski will meet German duo Maximilian Marterer and Philipp Petzschner or Italians Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi for a place in the third round.
Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers comfortably secured their position in the next round, beating Ilya Ivashka and Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2.
Kontinen and Peers wasted little time, cruising past the unseeded duo in 52 minutes, with three breaks of serve. The third seeds will meet Mirza Basic and Damir Dzumhur in the second round. Basic and Dzumhur defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-3.
Mutua Madrid Open champions Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya continued their fine form on red dirt, defeating Gazprom Hungarian Open winners Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor 6-4, 6-3. Also in that section of the draw, Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus overcame Frenchmen Corentin Denolly and Alexandre Muller 6-3, 6-3.
The 10th seeds will face another French duo in the second round, after Jonathan Eysseric and Hugo Nys defeated David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5.
Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin took just over an hour to defeat #NextGenATP stars Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-1, while fellow seeds Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos also dropped just four games, beating Hugo Gaston and Clement Tabur 6-2, 6-2.
Unseeded Dutchmen Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop charged into the second round after 43 minutes, comfortably beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka and Yuichi Sugita 6-1, 6-2.
Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak came from a set down to beat fellow unseeded pairing Andre Begemann and Antonio Sancic 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4.
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