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14

Aug

2019

Murray & Lopez Rally For Victory In Cincinnati

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez have faced a seeded team in the opening round of all four 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 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.”

Cabal/Farah will play Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov or Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury for a place in the quarter-finals.

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