Bryans Move Past Cabal/Munar, Into Third Round In Melbourne
Peers/Venus beaten in straight sets
Making their final appearance at Melbourne Park, the six-time champions dropped just two points behind their second serves (12/14) to reach the third round after 87 minutes. The Americans are chasing their first title at the year’s opening Grand Slam since 2013, when they defeated Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the championship match.
Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara upset home favourite John Peers and Michael Venus 6-4, 7-6(7). The unseeded duo did not face a face a break point during their third-round victory against the seventh seeds.
Australian wild cards James Duckworth and Marc Polmans saved two match points to book their place in the quarter-finals, upsetting 10th seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-6(11-9). From 7/9 down in the Match Tie-break, Duckworth and Polmans won the final four points of the match to advance after two hours and 39 minutes.
Duckworth and Polmans were not the only Australian wild cards to reach the quarter-finals. Max Purcell and Luke Saville advanced to the last eight with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph against Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys.