Murray & Lopez Rally For Victory In Cincinnati
Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez have faced a seeded team in the opening round of all three of their ATP Tour doubles events together this season. But while the trend continued on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open, the popular pair fought back for an impressive 3-6, 6-3, 10-3 win over fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.
Murray/Lopez broke twice in the second set and cruised through the Match Tie-break to advance in 77 minutes. This year’s titlists at the Fever-Tree Championships (d. Ram/Salisbury) will face Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock in the next round.
Top seeds and Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah scored an opening-round win over Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas for the second time in as many weeks. The Colombians saved two set points at 5/6 and 6/7 in the second-set tie-break en route to prevailing 6-1, 7-6(8).
“The atmosphere in the crowd was amazing today,” said Cabal. “They’re both great tennis players, so it was a tough match, but we’re happy to win and we’ll see how the draw evolves.”
Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos scored a tight 6-7(6), 7-6, 10-8 victory Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille. Austin Krajicek and Edouard Roger-Vasselin prevailed over Guido Pella and Joao Sousa 6-0, 6-7(4), 11-9. Cristian Garin and Benoit Paire rounded out the day with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Radu Albot and Karen Khachanov.