Murray/Soares Begin Campaign; Kontinen/Peers Win
2016 champions Lopez and Lopez also advance
Fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares defeated Dusan Lajovic and Florian Mayer 6-1, 7-5 in the Roland Garros first round on Thursday. The British-Brazilian team now play South Americans Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry.
Third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers needed just 42 minutes to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic and Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 for a place in the third round. Kontinen and Peers, who have a 10-1 record in tour-level finals, including the 2017 Australian Open (d. Bryan-Bryan) and 2016-17 Nitto ATP Finals, lost just six of their service points. They will next play Italians Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi, who ousted British brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak, finalists at three ATP World Tour tournaments this year — the New York Open, the Brasil Open and the Millennium Estoril Open — knocked out ninth seeds Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes. The duo awaits the second-round winners of fifth-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, and Argentines Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman.
Tenth seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus were solid on first serve in overcoming French pair Jonathan Eysseric and Hugo Nys 7-6(2), 6-3 in one hour and 31 minutes. Klaasen is now on 198 doubles match wins. They will next challenge Nikoloz Basilashvili and John Millman, or Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya in the third round.
Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez, the 2016 champions and No. 12 seeds, improved to 8-1 as a team at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory over Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez in 67 minutes. The Spaniards now meet Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa, who overcame Evgeny Donskoy and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-2, 6-4.