Bryans Move Into Quarter-finals In Melbourne
Klaasen/Venus through in straight sets
In a repeat of their 2017 semi-final in Melbourne, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan once again defeated Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - this time in the third round - at the Australian Open on Sunday.
The six-time champions, bidding to lift the trophy for the first time since 2013 (d. Haase/Sijsling), won 84 per cent of first-serve points (43/51) to earn a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory over the Spanish duo after 71 minutes. The American twins will face fifth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut or 11th seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury for a spot in the semi-finals.
ASB Classic finalists Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus needed just 62 minutes to beat Marcelo Demoliner and Frederik Nielsen 6-3, 6-1. The sixth seeds converted four of five break-point opportunites to book a quarter-final meeting against Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa. The Argentine-Portuguese tandem defeated Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 6-4 in 80 minutes.
Henri Kontinen and John Peers also advanced to the quarter-finals, beating Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri 7-6(5), 6-4. The 2017 champions won 73 per cent of first-serve points (37/51) to book a quarter-final meeting against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares or Kevin Krawietz and Nikola Mektic.
Aussie wild cards Blake Ellis and Alexei Popyrin saved one match point, at 5/6 in the second-set tie-break, to beat Marcelo Arevalo and Jamie Cerretani 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-4. Ellis and Popyrin will face seventh seeds Lukasz Kubot and Horacio Zeballos in the third round.