Daniell/Oswald Continue Hot Streak In Nur-Sultan
The third seeds beat veterans Dominic Inglot and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-1 to reach the second round of the Astana Open. Daniell and Oswald broke serve four times and won 87 per cent of their first-serve points to triumph after 67 minutes.
The tandem recently won their first title together at the Forte Village Sardegna Open, where they defeated Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the final. They also reached the semi-finals last week in Cologne.
Luke Bambridge and Divij Sharan also advanced in Kazakhstan, battling past Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 7-5, 4-6, 10-6. In the other doubles match of the day at the ATP 250, Sander Arends moved on with a 6-3, 4-5 lead when Nikola Cacic and Marcelo Demoliner retired.
Kubot/Melo Continue Push For London
Third seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo began the Erste Bank Open in 11th place in the FedEx ATP Battle For London. But the team that has competed together in London in the season finale's past three editions made a good start in Vienna. Kubot and Melo beat Raven Klaasen and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 10-7 to reach the second round.
John Peers and Michael Venus, who began the week sixth in the Battle, fell against two-time Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. The Germans, who have already qualified for this year's Nitto ATP Finals, triumphed 6-4, 6-4.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski moved into seventh on Monday with a first-round win in Austria, but Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin retook that position with a 6-2, 7-5 victory against Daniel Evans and Oliver Marach.