Read & Watch: Soares/Murray Progress; Herbert/Mahut Eliminated
Fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares booked their place in the second week at Wimbledon in comfortable fashion, defeating Matthew Ebden and Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday.
Murray and Soares, the highest-seeded pairing left in the draw, advanced after one hour and 45 minutes, dropping just five points behind their first serves (39/44). The British-Brazilian duo did not face a break point throughout the second-round encounter and will next face Nature Valley International finalists Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski.
The British brothers, who reached the quarter-finals in 2017, booked their place in the third round on Friday, defeating No. 9 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(2).
Fourth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut did not join Murray and Soares in the second week, as MercedesCup titlists Philipp Petzschner and Tim Puetz defeated the Roland Garros champions 6-4, 6-7(3) 7-6(4), 6-3. The German duo saved all five break points they faced to advance after two hours and 51 minutes.
Petzschner and Puetz will meet Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the quarter-finals. McLachlan and Struff, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals in January, beat N. Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan 7-6(2), 6-7(3) 7-6(3), 6-3.
No. 13 seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus also progressed, beating Marcelo Arevalo and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Klaasen and Venus fired 11 aces and saved the only break point their opponents created to move on after one hour and 40 minutes.
Klaasen and Venus will play Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa in the third round. Mayer and Sousa defeated Federico Delbonis and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4. Delbonis and Reyes-Varela recovered from two sets down to defeat top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the first round.
Also through to the third round are Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak. Sharan and Sitak beat Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-4 to set a third-round clash with Jonathan Erlich and Marcin Matkowski.
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