ATP WORLD TOUR 2013 - WEEK 2
Cermak/Mertinak Upset Second Seeds In Auckland; Bryans Open Sydney Campaign
by ATP Staff|
Cermak and Mertinak converted three of four break points on Gonzalez/Lipsky's serve. The Czech/Slovak team has won seven ATP World Tour doubles titles together, including Moscow's Kremlin Cup last October.
Mertinak's countryman Martin Klizan also had success on the doubles court in Auckland, with partner Victor Hanescu. The duo defeated Great Britain's Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski 6-2, 6-2 in 49 minutes.
Two-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan saved two match points to win their opening match at the Apia International Sydney on Tuesday, rallying from 9-7 down in the Match Tie-break to defeat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 in 78 minutes.
The American twins won this ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the second time last year (d. Ebden/Nieminen), having lifted the trophy for the first time in 2009 (d. Nestor/Zimonjic). They have a 22-7 event record.
Second seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek had a more difficult time against French duo Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Gilles Simon. The duo, who won three tour-level doubles titles last year, including the Australian Open, triumphed 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra booked a place in the final eight with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic. The French team have won two ATP World Tour doubles titles together, the most recent at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Canada.