Kubot/Melo Cruise Into Third Round At US Open
Seconds seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo continued their hot start at the US Open, advancing to the third round on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas/Jozef Kovalik. They’ll face Leonardo Mayer/Joao Sousa for a place in the last eight after they toppled No. 14 seeds Henri Kontinen/John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).
Down by a set and a break, top seeds and Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah fought back to prevail over Daniel Evans/Cameron Norrie 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Two weeks ago at the Western & Southern Open, the Colombian duo became first team to qualify for this year’s Nitto ATP Finals, held at The O2 in London from 9-17 November.
In a battle of experience against youth, Roland Garros champions and No. 12 seeds Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies defeated American teenagers Toby Alex Kodat/Martin Damm Jr. 6-2, 7-5. Krawietz/Mies will face Marcelo Arevalo/Jonny O’Mara, who took out sixth seeds Mate Pavic/Bruno Soares 6-4, 7-6(3).
Kodat, 16, and Damm Jr., 15, became the youngest men’s doubles team in the Open Era to win a match in New York with their first-round victory on Friday.
Two other major upsets also took place on Saturday. #NextGenATP duo Miomir Kecmanovic and Casper Ruud held off a mid-match surge from third seeds Raven Klaasen/Michael Venus to prevail 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. Luke Bambridge/Ben McLachlan rounded out the surprises of the day by defeating ninth seeds Nikola Mektic/Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3.