AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Bryans, Paes/Stepanek, Bopanna/Qureshi Advance
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan reached the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robin Haase and Christopher Kas. The Americans are looking to win their seventh title at Melbourne Park.
Reflecting on their success Down Under, Bob Bryan said, “It's definitely a combination of sometimes the new teams are trying to get their footing. The fact that we're feeling very fresh with that month, month and a half off. Upstairs when you're fresh, you can deal with adversity a lot better. We've gotten through a ton of three setters here. Not all the matches have been easy and not always have we played our best tennis here. It's just I think the freshness in the head has helped.”
Paes and Stepanek produced 37 winners to just seven unforced errors en route to locking up the victory in 64 minutes. The two are aiming to win their first team title since lifting their second major trophy at the US Open last year (d. Peya/Soares) and will face Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus next.
Seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi rallied to beat British pair Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Bopanna and Qureshi, who finished runner-up at the Apia International Sydney (l. to Nestor/Zimonjic), will play 12th seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot for a place in the quarter-finals. Huey and Inglot topped Italians Andreas Seppi and Potito Starace 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1.
Ninth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski also overcame a one-set deficit, edging Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4). The Poles, emi-finalists at the event in 2006, will clash with eighth seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the third round. Nestor and Zimonjic eased past Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic 7-5, 6-1.
Fresh off their win over home favourites Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter, Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen knocked off No. 15 seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-4, 6-4. Butorac and Klaasen could meet top seeds and six-time titlists Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the third round, should the American twins get past Robin Haase and Christopher Kas.