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'This isn't you; I know that' – Kyrgios wins after 'umpire pep talk'

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Australian world number 30 Nick Kyrgios fought back to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert at the US Open after an apparent pep talk from the umpire.

Kyrgios was a set and 0-3 down to his French opponent when official Mohamed Lahyani climbed down from his chair during a changeover.

“I want to help you. This isn’t you. I know that,” Lahyani said.

Krygios went on to win 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-0 and could play world number two Roger Federer next.

Swiss Federer, a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows, is playing France’s Benoit Paire for a place in the last 32.

Kyrgios claimed after the match that Lahyani was concerned about his medical well-being rather than his motivation in their on-court discussion.

“He was just concerned about how I was playing – he was like: ‘Nick are you OK?'” said Kyrgios.

“I was like: ‘Yeah everything is fine.’ I just wasn’t feeling great.”

The 23-year-old won 19 of 25 games after the exchange and the incident sparked debate online.

Kyrgios, who hit 25 aces in his first-round win over Radu Albot, delivered the joint-fastest serve of the tournament so far with one 142mph tee-off.

Elsewhere world number four Alexander Zverev advanced to the third round for the first time with a comprehensive win over France’s Nicolas Mahut.

The 21-year-old German won 6-4 6-4 6-2.

Fourteenth seed Fabio Fognini fell victim to Australian John Millman, losing 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-1.

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Liar, liar, pants on fire – Murray responds after Verdasco denies coaching claim

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Andy Murray joked he need a check-up as he has “started imagining things” after Fernando Verdasco denied he had spoken to his coach during the heat break in their US Open second-round tie.

Players are not allowed to be coached during breaks for extreme heat.

Murray reported Verdasco, who won in four sets, but the Spaniard said: “I don’t want to say that Andy lied but I didn’t talk one word with my coach.”

Murray later posted a response using the hashtag #liarliarpantsonfire.

Writing on Instagram, Murray thanked fans for their support and joked: “I’m off to get a health check as apparently I’ve started imagining things.”

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Earlier, following his 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 defeat, Murray had said Verdasco and his coaching team “probably weren’t aware of the rule” about heat breaks.

“When I came out of the shower, his coach and one of the Spanish doubles players were in there chatting to him, and you’re not allowed to speak to your coach,” said Murray.

“I’m not blaming Fernando and his team. They certainly weren’t trying to break any rules.

“It shouldn’t be for the player that’s competing against him to have to go to the supervisor.”

Both players left the Arthur Ashe court at the end of the third set after Spaniard Verdasco took up the 10-minute extreme heat break with temperatures rising close to 100F (38C).

However, the 34-year-old denied Murray’s claim, saying his coach was only in the locker room to go to the toilet.

“I was in the ice bath with Marcos Baghdatis and his coach,” Verdasco said.

“I know exactly the rule and I don’t want to be the one breaking it.”

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It's normal to have doubts over my tennis future – Murray

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Andy Murray says it is “completely normal” to have doubts about whether he can return to the top of the game after his Grand Slam return ended in a second-round defeat at the US Open.

The British former world number one lost in four sets to Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco at Flushing Meadows.

Murray, 31, was playing best-of-five matches for the first time since hip surgery in January.

“You just don’t know exactly what’s round the corner,” he said.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has only played five tournaments since returning to the ATP Tour in June after an 11-month absence with the hip problem.

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Now ranked 382nd in the world, Murray said he played some of the best tennis of his comeback against Verdasco, but also lamented making mistakes and admitted it “wasn’t the most comfortable” he had felt on court.

“When I got the injury, I was ranked number one in the world, 12 months later things completely changed,” he said.

“If things keep going smoothly, physically I continue to improve, I believe that I will get back to competing for the biggest competitions because there’s no reason why I couldn’t.

“When you continue to build up and start playing more tournaments, you don’t know how you’re going to respond.

“Because of the path that I’ve been on the last year with the many ups and downs, trying to come back, it not quite working, then ending up having the surgery, I think it’s completely normal to have those doubts.”

Murray eyes Davis Cup return

Murray says he would “love” to play in Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan in Glasgow next month.

But the Scot says he needs time to assess his fitness after his US Open exit.

“Potentially it’s the last time I’d get to play competitive tennis in Scotland so I’d like to do that,” he said.

“I’d have to chat to my team because this is obviously a very important period in my rehab and my long-term strategy.”

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Murray has long carried the flag for British tennis and helped his nation win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years when they beat Belgium in 2015.

He has not played in the competition since Britain suffered a semi-final defeat by Argentina in September 2016, missing three matches since through a combination of fatigue and injuries.

After returning to competitive action in June, he pulled out of Wimbledon before making his Slam return at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

An opening win against Australia’s James Duckworth was followed by defeat against Verdasco on Wednesday.

“Playing five sets takes a lot out of you, which I’ve obviously learned in the last couple of days, and the Davis Cup has also taken a lot out of me,” he said.

“But there’s a big part of me that would love to play and get the opportunity to play one last time in Glasgow.”

The controversial revamp of the Davis Cup, which comes into effect in 2019, means there will only be one home or away tie each year before a season-ending final held in a neutral venue.

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US Open 2018: Andy Murray loses to Fernando Verdasco in second round

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Andy Murray’s return to Grand Slam tennis ended in a four-set defeat by Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco in the US Open second round.

The former British number one, playing his first Slam in 14 months, lost 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 in New York.

In sweltering conditions, Murray, 31, battled hard but did not have enough to overcome the 34-year-old Verdasco.

Compatriot Cameron Norrie lost 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4 to Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic as British singles representation ended.

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It was only Murray’s fifth tournament back since having hip surgery in January.

The Scot looked exhausted at times during a physical encounter on a humid Arthur Ashe Stadium – a combination of the conditions as temperatures rose close to 100F (38C) and his lack of five-set matches since being sidelined through injury.

Murray’s limp between points – a regular sight in recent years – seemed to become heavier as the match wore on.

“It wasn’t the most comfortable I felt on a tennis court. I got through it and fought right to the end,” he said.

Murray continued to show the dogged determination that helped him win three Grand Slam titles at the peak of his powers, pushing Verdasco to the limit before succumbing to a third match point in three hours and 23 minutes.

Despite defeat, Murray felt he played some of his best tennis since returning to the ATP Tour in June.

“There were periods in the match where I played some really good stuff,” he said.

“But there were some where I didn’t – especially in the first set – and that was costly for me.”

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Murray sticks with Verdasco in hard-fought opening

Murray, now ranked 382nd in the world and unseeded, had the fortune of avoiding a high-ranked opponent in the first round, battling back to beat 448th-ranked James Duckworth – the Australian also on the road to recovery after long-term injury – in three sets on Monday.

That pitted him against two-time US Open quarter-finalist Verdasco, who Murray said he expected to test his movement – and the Spaniard did exactly that.

The pair traded four break points in the opening seven games, Murray missing a set point at 5-4 when Verdasco rescued it with an ace out wide.

That proved pivotal as Verdasco grabbed the momentum to break in the next game and hold out for the early advantage.

“I hit a lot of mistakes when I was up in that set. I feel like I should have won the first set and didn’t,” said Murray.

Murray was undeterred, however, breaking for 3-1 in the second set as Verdasco’s service game began to unravel.

The pair exchanged breaks again as Murray moved 4-2 ahead before the Spaniard produced a double fault on set point to allow the former world number one to level.

Verdasco upped his service game in the third set, landing 71% of his first serves to break twice and ensure the match would go to four sets at least.

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‘I don’t want to say Andy lied’

Both players disappeared off Ashe at the end of the third set after Verdasco took the 10-minute extreme heat break which was again implemented by US Open officials.

When Murray returned to court, he complained Verdasco was talking to his team in the locker room – which is against the rules.

“When I came out of the shower, his coach and one of the Spanish doubles players was in there chatting to him, and you’re not allowed to speak to your coach. I went and told the supervisor,” Murray said.

“I’m not blaming Fernando and his team. They probably weren’t aware that that was the rules. They certainly weren’t trying to break any rules.

“It shouldn’t be for the player that’s competing against him to have to go to the supervisor.”

However, Verdasco denied he was talking to his coach, saying he was only there to go to the toilet.

“I was in the ice bath with Marcos Baghdatis and his coach,” Verdasco said.

“I don’t want to say that Andy lied, but I didn’t talk one word with my coach or any one member of my team.

“I know exactly the rule and I don’t want to be the one breaking it.”

Murray refuses to give up as Verdasco wobbles over the line

After the heat break, a composed Verdasco controlled the fourth set and headed towards victory after breaking for 4-3.

That was until an 11-minute final game when the Spaniard combusted with a third-round match against Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro in sight.

His previously reliable serve disappeared as he coughed up five break points, produced two double faults and hit some wild shots in a dramatic final game.

Verdasco also furiously complained after being given a time violation before eventually ending Murray’s resistance with a 104mph second serve – his fastest of the match – which forced Murray long on the third match point.

“At the end when my back was against the wall, I came up with some good tennis to make it close and interesting and almost got myself back into it,” Murray said.

“But there were too many ups and downs for my liking.”

Encouraging, but a long road ahead – analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

These three hours and 23 minutes reminded us exactly what we have been missing.

Murray offered flair, heart and resilience, mixed in with a familiar dose of confrontation and a long-running one way ‘conversation’ with his coach Jamie Delgado.

Even when seemingly running out of gas in the fourth set, he still managed to create five break back points in a final game which lasted over 12 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, so soon in his comeback, Murray’s unforced error count was higher than he would wish for. But in the early stages especially, he played as close to the baseline as possible, and significantly inside it when Verdasco lined up a second serve.

It has been an encouraging US Open, but Murray knows there is still a long road ahead.

Norrie fails to take his chances

British number two Cameron Norrie’s bid to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time came to an end only moments after Murray’s defeat.

The 23-year-old world number 67, who has enjoyed a rapid rise up the rankings since turning professional in spring 2017, was not helped by his 58 unforced errors against Lajovic.

His match mirrored Murray’s as he fought back from a set down to take the second before failing to take his chances in the next two sets – managing to convert just three of his 14 break points in a match lasting almost three hours.

Norrie was also penalised a first serve for returning late from the 10-minute heat break after the third set. The unhappy Briton told the umpire he had been assured by officials he had enough time.

Defeat for Norrie and Murray means there are no Britons left in the men’s or women’s singles after Kyle Edmund, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson were knocked out in the first round.

Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski were beaten 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) by Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri.

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Rafa Races: Nadal Dominant En Route To Third Round

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018

Rafa Races: Nadal Dominant En Route To Third Round

Top seed to face test against No. 27 seed Khachanov

It is still too early to tell, but it appears it will take a special effort to stop World No. 1 Rafael Nadal at this US Open. 

The top seed defeated former World No. 25 Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday evening to move into the third round at the year’s final Grand Slam for his 12th consecutive appearance at the event. Nadal has now won 24 of his past 25 matches, improving his 2018 record to 42-3.

“Winning in straight sets is always very positive, especially under these warm conditions,” Nadal said on court after the match. “[I’m] very happy about the victory, happy to be in the third round again. And for sure, to have the chance to play here in the night session of Arthur Ashe [Stadium], it’s very difficult to compare the feelings.”

The Spaniard is trying to become the first player to retain the crown in Flushing Meadows since Roger Federer lifted five consecutive trophies here from 2004-08. The 32-year-old has now won nine consecutive matches in New York, his second longest winning streak at the tournament behind his 13 straight victories in 2010-11, when he won the tournament and finished runner-up.

It is an impressive stretch at the US Open, even for Nadal, considering before this successful streak, he lost in the third round and fourth round in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

It appeared the night’s clash could get tricky in the second set. Pospisil showed plenty of shotmaking ability, especially off the forehand side. The Canadian did whatever he could to play aggressively off that wing, illustrated by a point in which he ran around a backhand, well into the doubles alley, to hit a forehand, before sprinting across the court to smack a forehand passing shot for a winner from way behind the baseline.


Nadal would double fault to give the World No. 88 a break in the second set. However, the 28-year-old made a slew of errors, capped by a double fault of his own to hand the break right back. And that was the only opportunity Pospisil would earn to get a true foothold in the match.

“It was important to start very well with a break. But then in the second set I had two games in a row with trouble on my serve,” Nadal said. “The first one I saved, the second game I did not, he broke me and I was lucky that I played a good game to break back and then everything changed.”

Pospisil was attempting to reach the third round in New York for the first time, having advanced to the second round twice previously, in 2011 and 2016. It would have been the Canadian’s second victory against an opponent perched atop the ATP Rankings, as he defeated then-No. 1 Andy Murray at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open.

Nadal’s next challenger, Karen Khachanov, dismissed Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and six minutes earlier in the day. The Russian saved all four break points he faced and broke four times to move into the third round of the US Open for the first time.


Khachanov may be seeded 27th, but he has shown tennis that can challenge some of the top players in the game, blasting his way to the Rogers Cup semi-finals, where he lost to Nadal in a tight two-setter. The 22-year-old also lifted his second ATP World Tour trophy in Marseille, defeating two Top 20 opponents in the semi-finals and final to triumph.

“He’s a great opponent. He’s a great player. Young, strong, I played against him in Toronto three weeks ago. It was a tough one,” Nadal said. “[I’m] excited to play that match and I hope it will be a good one. I need to play well to try to be through and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Meanwhile, Nikoloz Basilashvili rallied from a set down for the first time since May, overcoming 18th seed Jack Sock 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(3). The Georgian, who lifted his first ATP World Tour trophy in Hamburg last month, has now reached the third round at all four Grand Slams. He fired 45 winners to prevail under the lights on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Basilashvili’s second Top 20 win of the year (also d. Carreno Busta in Hamburg) sets a meeting with Argentina’s Guido Pella. It will be their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. Pella dismissed Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 in two hours and eight minutes, and the left-hander has not dropped a set thus far at Flushing Meadows.

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Day 4 Preview: Federer, Djokovic, Kyrgios Shoot For Third Round

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018

Day 4 Preview: Federer, Djokovic, Kyrgios Shoot For Third Round

De Minaur meets Tiafoe in #NextGenATP showdown

It is easy for Roger Federer to tell himself still competing at the highest level on the biggest stages is a bonus when you’re 37 years old. Telling yourself that and believing it deep down, however, are different matters.

For a player who has won the US Open five times, winning a round or two will never be enough. And that makes Benoit Paire’s task all the more challenging when they square off on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

The Frenchman has never beaten the Swiss No. 2 seed in six prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. Tellingly though, he did hold two match points against Federer in their most recent encounter on the grass in Halle.

After his opening-round victory against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday, Federer spoke of the challenge in playing freely with so much invested in the outcome of the match. It was a challenge that increased with more years on tour.

“I think it’s especially important when you’re actually feeling good, the score is tight, for me is to remind myself then in that very moment how exactly I want to play and not to freeze and not to feel too much pressure at that moment,” Federer said. “I feel like anything that comes here, anyway, I should try to see it as a bonus, but it’s easier said than done because, like I said, I do care about the outcome of the match.”

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Having struggled to play as freely in recent years as he did at the peak of his game, former No. 1 in the ATP Rankings Novak Djokovic is fast rediscovering that aura since claiming a fourth Wimbledon title last month. The two-time US Open champion beat Federer to sweep the Career Golden Masters at the Western & Southern Open leading in.

The No. 6 seed could run into the Swiss in the quarter-finals in New York. First he must get past American Tennys Sandgren for a place in the third round. The Serbian easily accounted for Sandgren in the opening round of his title run at SW19 last month. The American’s breakthrough result this season came at the Australian Open in January, when he reached the quarter-finals. He went on to reach a final on clay in Houston in April. 

Australian Nick Kyrgios remains on course for a blockbuster third-round showdown with Federer. The 23-year-old was not getting too far ahead of himself, however, as first he must find a way past Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Thursday. The Frenchman won their only prior meeting when Kyrgios retired injured while trailing a set in the first round at Wimbledon last year. 

No. 30 seed Kyrgios started the year with a second career title on home soil in Brisbane but did not find success again until the grasscourt swing with back-to-back semi-final appearances at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart and the Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen’s Club. 

During his title run in Brisbane in January, Kyrgios had high praise for #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur. Having won through qualifying, de Minaur reached his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final there and backed it up with a run to his first tour final in Sydney a week later. The 19-year-old, who was a runner-up in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, was ruthless in seeing off Taro Daniel in the first round and will meet home hope Frances Tiafoe in an all #NextGenATP second-round showdown. The pair has never met.

A year ago, Tiafoe fell in a heartbreaking five-set defeat to Federer in the opening round. On Tuesday, he won a match at his home Grand Slam for the first time when he downed Adrian Mannarino in four sets. De Minaur and Tiafoe are fourth and fifth in the ATP Race To Milan, respectively, as both players battle to appear at the Next Gen ATP Finals for the first time. 

Herbert’s countryman Gael Monfils also has a tough task on his hands if he is to reach the third round when he meets No. 21 seed Kei Nishikori on Thursday. In a battle of former Top 10 players and two of the best movers on the ATP World Tour, Nishikori will carry a 3-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into the clash, however the Frenchman did win their most recent match at the Rogers Cup in 2017.

Both men have enjoyed their deepest runs at a Grand Slam in New York. The 31-year-old Monfils was a semi-finalist at the 2016 US Open (also reached that stage at Roland-Garros 2008), while Nishikori made the final in 2014 before losing to Marin Cilic.

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Former champions in action on US Open day four

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Former champions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber will be in second-round action on day four of the US Open.

Five-time winner Federer, 37, plays France’s Benoit Paire on Arthur Ashe Stadium, after fourth seed Kerber’s match against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.

Djokovic and Sharapova play in the night session on Ashe, from 00:00 BST.

The Serb, a two-time champion, faces American Tennys Sandgren, while 2006 winner Sharapova plays Sorana Cirstea.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki is another player with experience of reaching the final at Flushing Meadows, twice finishing as a runner-up.

The second seed, who said she kept cool by pretending to be “on the beach with a margarita in hand” after seeing off Sam Stosur in the first round, faces Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko last on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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Federer eyes Sampras record

Federer, playing in the US Open main draw for the 18th time, is bidding for an eighth men’s final in New York – which would equal the record set by Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl.

The Swiss dominated the tournament between 2004 and 2009, winning 41 successive matches before losing to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the final nine years ago.

Since then he has only reached one final – when he lost to Djokovic in 2015 – and says claiming the US Open trophy again this year is a “bigger priority”.

The second seed could meet Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the third round, should the 23-year-old beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Thursday.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw, France’s Gael Monfils and Japan’s Kei Nishikori meet in one of the second round’s highest-profile matches, while German fourth seed Alexander Zverev takes on another Frenchman in Nicolas Mahut.

Meanwhile, five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova returned to major competition after her 15-month ban at the US Open last year, when she reached the fourth round.

Should the Russian 22nd seed overcome Romania’s Cirstea, she faces a potential third-round meeting with Latvian 10th seed Jelena Ostapenko, who plays American Taylor Townsend.

Fifth seed Petra Kvitova, sixth seed Caroline Garcia and 2017 runner-up Madison Keys will also be looking to make the third round.

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Mayer/Sousa Stun Top Seeds In First-Round Boilover

  • Posted: Aug 30, 2018

Mayer/Sousa Stun Top Seeds In First-Round Boilover

ATP Doubles Race to London leaders fall at first hurdle, Nestor loses final Grand Slam match

Top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic are out of the US Open after suffering a stunning first-round upset to unseeded pair Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa on Wednesday. It marks their second exit as top seeds at the first hurdle of a Grand Slam after falling at the same stage to Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and Federico Delbonis at Wimbledon.

Mayer/Sousa’s best result together this season is a semi-final run at the Estoril Open. They will next meet Jurgen Melzer and Nikola Mektic for the chance to reach the third round of the past three Grand Slams.

Marach/Pavic – leaders in the ATP Doubles Race to London – reached a semi-final in Toronto leading in, but now had three first-round defeats to their names in their remaining North American summer hard-court events. Defeat continued a slide in fortunes since starting the year with three titles from their first three events – in Doha, Auckland and at the Australian Open. Their solid vein of form continued on the clay where they won a fourth title of the season in Geneva and the Roland-Garros final.

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There were no such troubles for sixth seeds and defending champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau on Wednesday. The Dutch-Romanian duo continued a red-hot run with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 result against Dutch-Croatian pair, Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic. Rojer/Tecau defended their Winston-Salem Open title on Sunday and will be confident of adding a third Grand Slam title to their tally after their 2015 Wimbledon breakthrough and last year’s success in New York. The next meet Malek Jaziri and Radu Albot.

Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor played his final Grand Slam match on Wednesday. The 91-time tour-level champion – 12 of those Grand Slam titles – fell in the opening round with Bradley Klahn to American brothers Ryan Harrison and Christian Harrison 6-3, 6-3. A former No.1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, Nestor announced this would be his last season after making his tour-level debut in 1991.

Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, the 2015 Australian Open champions, posted a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over German Kevin Krawietz and Maximilian Marterer. They will next meet this year’s Roland-Garros champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. The French ninth seeds, winners of the 2015 US Open, edged past Australian-American duo John-Patrick Smith and Nicholas Monroe 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2).

Eighth seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus continued their push to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 in London with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovak-Australian pair Lukas Lacko and John Millman. After falling in a five-set Wimbledon final last month, the South African-New Zealander pair won the Rogers Cup in Toronto a fortnight ago.


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