Murray/Soares Battle Through Roland Garros Opener

  • Posted: Jun 01, 2021

Seventh seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares got their Roland Garros campaign underway with a hard-fought victory on Tuesday as they battled past British pair Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglot 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3 in two hours and 43 minutes. The British/Brazilian team, who reunited this year, reached the 2017 quarter-finals and will face either Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi or Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez.

Second-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who have reached the semi-finals on three occasions in Paris, overcame British brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski 6-4, 6-4 in 83 minutes. The pair saved all three break points they faced to improve to a 17-8 record on the season.

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Australian Open champions and fifth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek needed three match points and two hours and 45 minutes to overcome Andres Molteni and Frederik Nielsen 7-5, 6-7(6), 7-6(6). The Croatian-Slovakian tandem hit eight aces, winning 82 per cent of their first-service points. They now play Kazakhstanis Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev, who defeated wild cards Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul 7-6(7), 6-1, having saved one set point at 6/7 in the first-set tie-break.

Elsewhere, ninth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau were also made to fight for victory, as they beat Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) in one hour and 55 minutes. Krawietz has won the past two Roland Garros doubles titles with fellow German Andreas Mies, who is recovering from right knee surgery. 

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