Kontinen/Peers Lead Seeds Through On Friday At Roland Garros
All four seeded duos in action Friday at Roland Garros won their second-round matches, with eighth seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers leading the way in the first match on Court 7. The Finnish-Australian tandem raced past Marcelo Demoliner and Divij Sharan 6-3, 6-4 in one hour.
Kontinen and Peers will look to match their best result at the clay-court major, a quarter-final run in 2018 (l. to Lopez/Lopez), when they next face No. 11 seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. Ram and Salisbury earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5 win over French wild cards Enzo Couacaud and Tristan Lamasine.
Fourth seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic also defeated a French wild card pairing, beating Elliot Benchetrit and Geoffrey Blancaneaux 6-4, 7-5. Marach and Pavic, finalists last year in Paris and the 2018 year-end No. 1 duo, will part ways after Roland Garros, with Pavic joining forces with Bruno Soares.
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the No. 10 seeds, set up a third-round clash with two-time Roland Garros champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan after closing out a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ricardas Berankis and Yoshihito Nishioka.
Rojer/Tecau and the Bryans traded opening wins at back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 tournaments leading into Paris. Rojer/Tecau won at the Mutua Madrid Open en route to the title, and the Bryans prevailed in their first-round match in Rome before falling to eventual champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the quarter-finals.
Two French teams marched on in the doubles draw. Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin defeated Matwe Middelkoop and Tim Puetz 7-6(4), 6-2, while wild cards Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys beat Alex de Minaur and David Vega Hernandez 6-4, 7-6(7).
Did You Know?
Leander Paes, 45, made history by winning his first-round doubles match: