Fish/Roddick Turn Back The Clock With Opening Win
Nearly three years after contesting his last professional tennis match, Andy Roddick was on a mission in his BB&T Atlanta Open doubles opener. Alongside good friend Mardy Fish, the pair ousted Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray 7-6(2), 6-4.
Former singles World No. 1 Roddick and former No. 7 Fish have compiled a 20-6 record together on the doubles court, including titles in Houston 2002 and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells 2009. Roddick claimed the Atlanta crown in 2006 with countryman Bobby Reynolds.
"When you don't play for that long, you don't know what to expect," said Roddick. "I had a blast. I wanted to win that really badly. It was a lot of fun at the end when we realised we had won. I had fun and I think Mardy did too. There was a lot of rust out there, but we masked it well."
"It was a blast out there," said Fish. "The crowd was great. It's good to do it here in Atlanta."
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, making their first trip to Atlanta since 2001, were in a hurry on Wednesday, routing Sam Groth and Chris Guccione 6-1, 6-2. They won a perfect 21 of 21 points on first serves and relinquished just three on serve the entire match.
Also advancing on the hard courts of Atlanta were Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe, Treat Huey and Steve Johnson, and Marcos Baghdatis and Malek Jaziri. Krajicek and Monroe staved off Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 13-11 in a Match Tie-break.
The Austrian-Brazilian pair, seeded second, defeated Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and four minutes. They hope it will be third time lucky after finishing runners-up in both 2013 & '14. Peya previously claimed the title in 2011 alongside countryman Oliver Marach. They will square off against Martin Klizan and Lukas Rosol in the quarter-finals, after the Slovak-Czech tandem defeated Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-2.
Two-time champion David Marrero also got off to winning start, with partner Pablo Cuevas, ousting Nicolas Almagro and Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-4. Marrero won the title alongside Marc Lopez in 2010 and with Fernando Verdasco in 2012. Marrero and Cuevas are set to battle the Colombian Power - Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Cabal and Farah topped the German duo Philipp Kohlschreiber and Philipp Petzschner 6-1, 7-6(3).
Also advancing into the quarters were third seeds and recent Wimbledon finalists Jamie Murray and John Peers - 7-6(5), 6-2 over Florian Mayer and Jiri Vesely - and qualifiers Frank Moser and Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4. Murray and Peers are currently fifth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
Also moving into the quarter-finals were Tomasz Bednarek and Rameez Junaid, who rallied from a set down to knock off Maximo Gonzalez and Andre Sa 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-6. Junaid was a runner-up in Gstaad last year with Michal Mertinak (l. to Begemann/Haase). They join Guillermo Duran and Horacio Zeballos (d. Lajovic/Sousa) in the quarters.