Former Champions Win Rotterdam Opener
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau began their campaign for a second title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez on Tuesday
The 2015 champions converted all three break point opportunities they created against the Spaniards, with a 74 per cent success rate on serve. The Dutch-Romanian duo await the winners of the Centre Court match as Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop face fellow Dutch wild card pairing Jasper Smit and Jesse Timmermans.
Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic survived a huge first-round test to beat local favourites Sander Arends and Thiemo De Bakker 6-4, 1-6, 11-9. Undefeated in 2018 with three tournament wins, the second seeds were taken all the way by the Dutch qualifiers, but proved their strength to win their fourth Match Tie-break of the year. Marach and Pavic will next meet Damir Dzumhur and Filip Krajinovic for a place in the semi-finals.
Did You Know?
Marach and Pavic’s three previous Match Tie-break wins in 2018 all came en route to winning the ASB Classic in Auckland.