Farah/Cabal Gain Revenge Against Murray In Eastbourne
Andy Murray will not win back-to-back grass-court doubles titles to kick off his 2019 comeback.
Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah avenged their opening-round loss to eventual Fever-Tree Championships titlists Feliciano Lopez/Murray on Tuesday at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. The Colombians breezed past Marcelo Melo/Murray 6-2, 6-4.
“They returned extremely well, I think, both of them off both of our serves. Made it tough for both of us,” Murray said.
The Scot was broken to start the match but the pairing had four consecutive chances to break, from 0/40, the next game. Cabal/Farah, however, saved all four break points and were efficient throughout the opening-round contest, winning 83 per cent (10/12) of their second-serve return points. The reigning Rome and Barcelona champions will next meet Brits Daniel Evans/Lloyd Glasspool.
Murray, however, was optimistic about the past 10 days. “I had a really, really good week last week and pulled up fine. I was not in any pain or discomfort. That's obviously really, really nice for me,” he said. “Obviously you always want to play really well, but so long as I'm fit and healthy and I can stay on the practice court and stay on the match court, I'll improve all the time.”
Fourth seeds Dominic Inglot/Austin Krajicek beat Nicholas Monroe/Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 7-5 and will next play Marcus Daniell/Wesley Koolhof, who beat Brit brothers Ken Skupski/Neal Skupski 7-5, 7-6(10).
Ben McLachlan/Frederik Nielsen saved five of six break points and advanced past Juan Ignacio Londero/Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-5. McLachlan/Nielsen will next meet third seeds Fabrice Martin/Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who beat Brit wild cards Scott Clayton/James Ward 6-2, 6-0.