Zverev/Rublev Prevail On Upset-Filled Opening Day In Montreal
Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev prevailed in a wild day of doubles at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, moving into the second round over third seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares 6-3, 7-6(3). All three seeded teams who took the court on Monday fell at their opening hurdle.
Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof scored the biggest upset of the day by defeating top seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5, 7-6(4). Haase/Koolhof rallied from 2-5 down in both sets, saving two set points in the opening set and three set points in the second set before going on to prevail in one hour and 30 minutes.
Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies completed the hat trick of seeded players falling on Day 1. The Germans advanced with a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 victory against eighth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor.
French duo Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin saved a set point in the first-set tie-break en route to defeating Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil 7-6(7), 7-5. Aussies Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson rounded out the day by taking out Hubert Hurkacz and John Isner 6-4, 7-6(3).
Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez headline doubles action on Tuesday when they face second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. Murray/Lopez took the title in their debut outing together this June at the Fever-Tree Championships (d. Ram/Salisbury).