Top Seeds Make Quick Work In Melbourne
Top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo advanced their hopes of winning a second Grand Slam title together on Thursday at the Australian Open. The 2017 Wimbledon champions spent only 51 minutes on court during a 6-2, 6-2 win against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi and Mischa Zverev of Germany.
Kubot/Melo, who won the Sydney International doubles title last week, their seventh team crown in the past 11 months, captured 82 per cent of their first-serve points and hit 20 more winners than Lorenzi/Zverev (29-9). The top seeds will next meet Aussie wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville, who prevailed past Russians Mikhail Elgin and Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4.
Third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau also were on and off the court in less than 90 minutes, defeating Argentines Guillermo Duran/Andres Molteni 6-4, 6-3. Rojer/Tecau, who won four titles last year, including the US Open, will next play Aussie wild cards Sam Groth/Lleyton Hewitt, who also advanced in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 against Denis Istomin/Mikhail Kukushkin.
Scott Lipsky of the U.S. and Spaniard David Marrero eked out an upset against eighth seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 7-6(14), 7-6(4). Lipsky/Marrero will next meet Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.