Herbert/Mahut and Kubot/Melo crash out at US Open
Dutchmen Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop are celebrating a huge first-round boilover in the men’s doubles at the US Open after springing the upset on form French duo, No. 3 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-4. Herbert and Mahut had won back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles leading in, at the Coupe Rogers and Western & Southern Open but were no match for the unseeded pair.
There was better news for another all-French pairing, with Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin upsetting second seeds and Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. The 2014 Roland Garros champions prevailed 6-3, 7-6(2) over the Polish-Brazilian team to reach the third round.
They will face either #NextGenATP Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev or Indians Leander Paes and Purav Raja. Khachanov and Rublev defeated Australian-Pakistani duo Sam Groth and Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-4, while Paes and Raja eased past Serbs Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-3.
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There was also a win too for 2015 Australian Open champions Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. The Italians beat 10th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round. Youth won out over experience when #NextGenATP Americans Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka took down Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi 7-6(5), 6-4 in a first-round clash.
Spanish No. 11 seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez avoided the joining the seeded casualties as they eased past German-Indian pair Andrew Begemann and Divij Sharan 6-4, 6-4. Experienced Dutch-Romanian pair Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau also survived. The No. 12 seeds eked out a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3 victory over Bosnian-Serbian duo Damir Dzumhur and Dusan Lajovic.