Great Britain’s Andy” murray> and Feliciano Lopez of Spain have made a winning start to their Cincinnati Masters doubles campaign after stunning the fourth seeds. Murray, 32, and 37-year-old Lopez came from a set down to beat Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 3-6 6-3 10-3 in an hour and 16 minutes of play.
Despite missing out on their first set chances and blowing an early second set break, Murray and Lopez kept their focus as they managed to force a decider. The two pairs were tied at 2-2 after the opening four points of the match tie-break before Murray and Lopez won eight of the following nine points to complete a big comeback.
Murray and Lopez will be fighting against USA’s Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock for a place in the quarterfinal. Meanwhile, Australian Nick Kyrgios and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas have fallen to No. 1 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
Kyrgios and Tsitsipas had their chances to force a decider but the Wimbledon champions escaped with a 6-1 7-6 (8) win. Kyrgios and Tsitsipas saved three set points in the sixth game of the first set to avoid a bagel but Cabal and Farah had no problems sealing the opener in the following game.
Kyrgios and Tsitsipas saved four consecutive break points in the 11th game to force a tie-break — where they blow two set points as Cabal and Farah managed to claim a straight-set win. Cabal and Farah put up a good serving display as they didn’t face a single break point on route to setting up a round-of-16 clash against either Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov or Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.