US OPEN 2012
Americans Stun Top Seeds Mirnyi/Nestor
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The 22-year-old Johnson, the 2011 and ’12 NCAA Men’s Singles Champion, and the 19-year-old Sock, the reigning US Open mixed doubles champion (w/Oudin), were teaming up for just the second time.
Mirnyi and Nestor also made an early exit last year in New York, falling in the second round (l. to Fleming/Hutchins). They have now lost three of their past four matches, beginning with a second-round defeat at Wimbledon (l. to Bracciali/Knowle) that snapped an 11-match winning streak.
Brothers Christian Harrison and Ryan Harrison made a debut to remember as they ousted fourth seeds and 2011 finalists Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(7). The Poles also suffered a first-round exit at Wimbledon earlier this season (l. to Brunstrom/Marx).
The Harrisons won 12 points less than their opponents but prevailed in the third-set tie-break to snatch victory in two hours and nine minutes. Eighteen-year-old Christian Harrison, who has an ATP World Tour Doubles Ranking of No. 1025, was making his Grand Slam main draw debut.
Nicholas Monroe and Donald Young, making their tour-level team debut, accounted for No. 7 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Llodra and Zimonjic were playing together for the first time since reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals.
Americans Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram made a welcome return to the US Open, advancing with a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) win over Martin Emmrich and Igor Sijsling. Baker and Ram, the 2002 Wimbledon junior finalists, teamed up at Flushing Meadows in 2004 and ’05 before Baker was sidelined with injuries for the next six years.
Sixth-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez were untroubled in their opener, dismissing Jeremy Chardy and Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-2 in 73 minutes. Granollers and Lopez are currently fifth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London.