AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Murray/Peers Battle Through Opener
by ATP Staff|
Despite Jamie Murray suffering heat stroke after the match, he and John Peers held strong when it counted against Australians Matt Reid and Luke Saville, winning 7-6(4), 7-6(6) in their first-round match at the Australian Open. Murray and Peers, the No. 15 seeds, were semi-finalists at the Brisbane International earlier this month.
“It started once the match had finished and I got back to the locker room,” Murray told national press. “I had a lot of ice treatment. I was getting big cramps in my legs. I don’t know what would have happened if we had gone into a third set but luckily that wasn’t necessary. It wasn’t too pleasant but it was good to get the win and I think I’ll be feeling much better tomorrow.”
Apia International Sydney finalists Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the No. 7 seeds, were pushed to their limits by Rameez Junaid and Adrian Mannarino, scraping through to round two with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) victory. Bopanna and Querishi, known as the Indo-Pak Express, reunited in 2014 following their split after the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Experienced Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut had less trouble against Pablo Andujar and Leonardo Mayer, the No.13 seeds advancing 6-3, 7-5. Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny were also straight-sets victors, winning 6-3, 7-6(7) over Nicholas Monroe and Horacio Zeballos.
Despite being forced to retire injured in his first-round singles match against Donald Young, Robin Haase battled from one-set down alongside Christopher Kas to overcome Nikolay Davydenko and Andrey Golubev 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.