Inglot/Mergea Advance, Aussies Oust Seeds
Dominic Inglot and Florin Mergea, the sixteenth seeds, defeated all-French duo Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2) on Friday at the Australian Open. The British/Romanian duo await either top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut or Polish duo Jerzy Janowicz and Marcin Matkowski in the third round.
Fourth seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers did not face a break point as they eased into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marcos Baghdatis and Gilles Muller. Their third round opponents will be either No. 14 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki.
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the No. 11 seeds, defeated recent Sydney champions Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes. They next face Marc Polmans and Andrew Whittington, who upset eighth seeds Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. Polmans and Whittington weren’t the only Aussie duo to oust a seeded team: Alex Bolt and Bradley Mousley topped Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas, the No. 15 seeds, 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.
Ninth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers came from a set deficit to top Robert Lindstedt and Michael Venus 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) in two hours and 17 minutes while Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Matthew Barton and Matthew Ebden 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.