Cabal/Farah Up & Running In Acapulco
Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah got their season going on Wednesday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco. The top seeds picked up their first team win of the season by taking out Luke Bambridge/Ben McLachlan 6-0, 7-5.
Second seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo survived a challenging opening-round test to see off Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez 7-5, 6-4. Kubot prevailed at this event in 2010 (w/Marach) and Melo took the title in 2015 (w/Dodig).
Santiago Gonzalez/Ken Skupski scored a 4-6, 7-6(0), 10-2 upset over fourth seeds Max Purcell/Luke Saville. They'll get ready for a quarter-final match with Nikola Cacic/Dusan Lajovic, who eased past Felix Auger-Aliassime/Hugo Nys 6-3, 6-2 in 66 minutes.
At the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, John Peers/Michael Venus upset top seeds and defending champions Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals. Peers/Venus converted all four of their break point chances to defeat the reigning Australian Open champions in exactly one hour.
Third seeds Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies held off Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-7(7), 10-8 in first-round action. The reigning Roland Garros champion will face Jurgen Melzer/Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the next round.
Roberto Carballes Baena/Alejandro Davidovich Fokina were the first team to move into the semi-finals at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open. The Spanish duo upset third seeds Divij Sharan/Artem Sitak 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.
First-round action in Santiago saw second seeds Marcelo Arevalo/Jonny O’Mara battle past Roman Jebavy/Igor Zelenay 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. They’ll now play Federico Coria/Juan Ignacio Londero, who held off Sander Arends/David Pel 6-4, 1-6, 10-3.
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera/Alejandro Tabilo delighted the home crowd by defeating Federico Delbonis/Guillermo Duran 6-3, 6-4. Facundo Bagnis/Pablo Cuevas rounded out play with a 7-6(2), 6-4 win against Romain Arneodo/Andre Begemann.