Cabal & Farah Begin Quest For Rome Three-Peat
Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah extended their Rome winning streak to 10 matches on Tuesday at the Foro Italico, ousting Western & Southern Open champions Alex de Minaur and Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-3 in 61 minutes. The Colombians are chasing a three-peat at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
Cabal and Farah broke the Australian-Spanish duo four times and won 53 per cent of their return points en route to the second round. They won a higher rate of their second-serve points (71%) than their opponents did first-serve points (60%). The top seeds will next play Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov or Cristian Garin and Guido Pella.
Local wild cards Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori knocked out second seeds and Nitto ATP Finals qualifiers Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-7. Ram and Salisbury captured the Australian Open title (d. Purcell/Saville) in February and reached the US Open semi-finals.
Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out sixth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 5-7, 6-3, 10-8. Krawietz and Mies recovered from 2-4 down in the first set and from 0/4 to 6/4 in the Match tie-break, but Kontinen and Struff ultimately converted their third match point.
They will now face John Peers and Michael Venus, who came through a 6-3, 7-5 win over Western & Southern Open finalists Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. Meanwhile, Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin defeated Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich 7-6(1), 6-4.