MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
'Polish Power' Win Opener; Raonic/Seppi Stage Upset
by ATP Staff|
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau made their debut at the Mutua Madrid Open with a 6-3, 1-6, 10-7 victory over Fabio Fognini and Santiago Gonzalez on Wednesday. In securing the 74-minute win, the Dutch-Romanian duo, champions in Bucharest two weeks ago, set up a second-round meeting with five-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
Another pair of Madrid titlists, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, beat Jamie Murray and John Peers 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 in 63 minutes. The 'Polish Power' lifted trophies at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event both in its hard court (2008, d. Bhupathi/Knowles) and clay (2012, d. Tecau/Lindstedt) incarnations. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski opened the year with a title in Brisbane, and finished runners-up to Rojer and Tecau in Bucharest.
Australian Open finalists Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen could not capitalise on a second-set comeback, falling to Milos Raonic and Andreas Seppi 7-6(7), 3-6, 12-10. Raonic and Seppi next face eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
In second-round action, sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic dismissed Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-2. Nestor and Zimonjic, runners-up at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Huta Galung/Robert), next meet No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
On the same day Kevin Anderson lost to Tomas Berdych in singles, the South African teamed with Austrian Jurgen Melzer to reach the doubles quarter-finals. They upset fifth seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-3 in 57 minutes.