British Duo Stuns Defending Champions
by ATP Staff|
Unseeded British duo Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot stunned Wimbledon defending champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 8-6 in the second round at The Championships on Saturday.
The top-seeded Nestor and Zimonjic had battled past another British pairing, Jonathan Marray and Jamie Murray, 15-13 in the fifth set in the first round, but could not pull through for a second time as they suffered their earliest Grand Slam exit since the 2009 Australian Open (l. to Kubot-Marach in second round).
The Canadian-Serbian team was coming off its third Grand Slam title together at Roland Garros (d. Dlouhy-Paes) and also reached the final at the Australian Open (l. to Bryan-Bryan) in January. Also winners at Sydney, Rotterdam, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, the 2008 ATP World Tour Champions slipped to a 38-9 match record on the season.
"I think we always just knew we had the kind of ability to play like this," said Inglot, who went on to attribute their success to strong serving. "Our serves are so strong that if we can keep that going throughout a match, we're always going to get some looks because we can always hold our serves and that puts pressure on the opponent. I think we really started in the last couple of days hitting our serves big. That gives us a lot of belief. It's great that we won a match against the No. 1 team in the world. That's awesome."
"It's nice for us to know that we've got great performances like that," said Eaton. "We're capable of doing great performances like that. Now I suppose we've got to work on producing that every time."
There was joy for a second British team as Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski defeated Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut 7-6(4), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) in the remaining first-round match. Two days ago, Mahut was beaten by John Isner in the longest-ever tennis match in the second round of the gentlemen’s singles.
Two more seeded teams bowed out in the second round. Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu and Janko Tipsarevic defeated sixth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 12-10, while Australians Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione ousted 15th-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-2, 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(6).