Peya/Soares Tested In Wimbledon Opener
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
The Austrian-Brazilian duo had reached two straight grass-court finals ahead of Wimbledon, claiming the Queen’s Club title and finishing runners-up at Eastbourne.
Fourth seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, making their first appearance as Grand Slam champions, also needed to rally for a five-set victory. The reigning Roland Garros champions prevailed 6-3, 6-7(1), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Daniele Bracciali and Jonathan Erlich.
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, the No. 5 seeds and 2013 semi-finalists, closed out a 6-2, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Rajeev Ram. Eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, meanwhile, defeated Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 7-6(9), 7-6(8), 6-3.
The British pairing of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins bowed out against No. 16 seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2). Countryman Jonathan Marray, who claimed the Wimbledon doubles title two years ago with Frederik Nielsen, joined forces with Australian John-Patrick Smith and defeated Andreas Siljestrom and Igor Zelenay 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.