Withrow/Sock Cause Big Doubles Upset In Melbourne
Former champions open their bids for the title
Jackson Withrow and Jack Sock caused the biggest doubles upset on Thursday at the Australian Open when the Americans knocked out Colombian second seeds and last year’s finalists Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours for a place in the second round. Sock and Withrow, who failed to convert one set point chance at 5/6 in the first set tie-break, will next play Taylor Fritz and Cameron Norrie, who defeated Mirza Basic and Damir Dzumhur 7-6(7), 7-5.
Elsewhere, top seeds and defending champions Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic battled past Italians Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-0 in two hours and 12 minutes. Marach and Pavic failed to convert one match point at 7/6 in the second set tie-break, but produced their best tennis in the deciding set. They go on to face Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry in the second round.
Third seeds and 2016 champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares worked hard for their 6-4, 7-6(11) win over Roman Jebavy and Andres Molteni in one hour and 45 minutes. Murray and Soares, who lifted last week’s Sydney International trophy (d. Cabal/Farah), saved four set points in the second set tie-break before finally converting their third match point opportunity. The British-Brazilian team now meet British duo Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara.
Elsewhere, No. 11 seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury knocked out Guido Pella and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-0, 6-4.