Melo/Rojer Eliminate Murray/Soares In Madrid
The unseeded pair, which entered the tournament with a 1-8 team record, saved all seven break points it faced to eliminate the Great Ocean Road Open champions in 70 minutes. Melo and Rojer are both aiming to add to their Madrid trophy collections, having both lifted the trophy with previous partners.
Melo and Rojer will meet Millennium Estoril Open champion Tim Puetz and 2018 singles titlist Alexander Zverev or last year’s Rolex Paris Masters winners Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz in the second round.
Max Purcell and Luke Saville won 85 per cent of their first-serve points (41/48) to beat John Peers and Michael Venus 7-6(9), 6-3. The Aussie duo, which saved three set points in the first-set tie-break, will meet Miami and Monte-Carlo champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round.
Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov booked a second-round clash against top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Monday. The Indian-Canadian duo saved three of the four break points it faced to defeat Spanish wild cards Marc Lopez and Jaume Munar 7-6(4), 6-4.