Dimitrov/Rublev Win Cincinnati Doubles Opener
Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev cashed in on a ruthlessly efficient performance on return to advance to the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday. The singles stars edged Daniel Evans and John Peers 7-6(5), 7-5, converting on all three of their break chances and winning 86 per cent of their first-serve points.
Despite failing to serve out the opening set, losing a deciding point at 5-4, the duo regrouped to win the tie-break by taking its final three points. They were again denied on a deciding point in their first attempt to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set, but responded with an immediate break back before serving out the win to love.
Holger Rune and Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced, taking a 6-2, 6-3 decision against David Vega Hernandez and Rafael Matos. Sixth seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus join them in the second round after a 6-2, 6-1 win against the Argentine pairing of Francisco Cerundolo and Diego Schwartzman.
In second-round action, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies saved two match points against Alex de Minaur and Cameron Norrie from 7/9 in a Match Tie-break, winning the final four points of a 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 victory. The two-time Roland Garros champions defeated reigning Miami titlists Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner on Tuesday in the opening round.