Feliciano Lopez and Jannik Sinner kicked off their cinch Championships doubles campaign with a victory over the all-British duo Daniel Evans and Jonny O’Mara on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Spaniard is the defending champion in singles and doubles at The Queen’s Club. Lopez claimed his seventh tour-level singles title at the 2019 edition, and partnered with Andy Murray to win his fifth doubles crown.
Lopez, who also won here in singles in 2017, teamed up with 19-year-old Sinner to defend his title and their partnership is already off to a great start after a 7-6(8), 6-2 victory over Evans and O’Mara. The Spanish-Italian team saved all four break points they faced, and fired seven aces en route to the second round.
They will next face another big test in their next match after booking a meeting with top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
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Wild cards Liam Broady and Ryan Peniston kept the British flag flying in London with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Alexander Bublik, who reached the Roland Garros doubles final (w/ Golubev), and Nicholas Monroe. Tournament debutant Aslan Karatsev claimed another win at The Queen’s Club, partnering with Aussie Max Purcell to take down Matwe Middelkoop and John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 3-6, 10-7. They will next face fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.
Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar also advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Aljaz Bedene and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while Reilly Opelka and John Peers moved on after defeating Alastair Gray and Harri Heliovaara 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.[WATCH LIVE 1]
Molteni/Pella Move On In Halle
At the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle, Andres Molteni and Guido Pella made a big comeback to oust German-Swiss duo Daniel Altmaier and Dominic Stephan Stricker in a match that came down to the wire on Tuesday.
Molteni and Pella trailed 2/6 in the first-set tie-break, but reeled off the next six points in a row – saving four set points along the way – to escape with the opener. After dropping the second set, just one break made the difference as the Argentines clinched the Match Tie-break to advance 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7.
Jonathan Erlich and Lloyd Harris are also through after taking down Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez 5-7, 7-6(3), 10-5, while Luke Saville Jordan Thompson moved past Franko Skugor and Frederik Nielsen 6-3, 6-4.