Mens Doubles Sunday Roundup in Rio: Murray Bros, Top Seeds All Out!
The opening round of the Men’s Olympic Doubles in Rio was littered with surprises and upsets.
The French pairing of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut who were top seeds for the event crashed out to Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in straight sets 7-6(4) 6-3 and they were followed by the Murray brothers who were representing Great Britain and the second seeds.
The Murrays went down 7-6(6) 7-6(14) in two hours and two minutes after saving six match points in the second set.
Andy Murray said “The way the match went; it was a tough one to lose but it just wasn’t meant to be. We saved a lot of match points but we just didn’t take our chances.” The British pair squandered five set point opportunities in the second stanza.
French hopes following the Herbert/Mahut loss were extinguished altogether when the remaining medal hopes, fourth seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils fell victim to the American duo of Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram 6-1 6-4.
Thomaz Bellucci / Andre Sa (BRA) bt Andy Murray / Jamie Murray (GBR) 7-6(6) 7-6(14)
Marcelo Melo / Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Sanchai Ratiwatana / Sonchat Ratiwatana 6-0 7-6(1)
Marc Lopez / Rafael Nadal (ESP) bt Robin Haase / Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) 6-4 6-4
Brian Baker / Rajeev Ram (USA) bt Gael Monfils / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-1 6-4
Juan-Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah (COL) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 7-6(4) 6-3
Gastao Elias / Joao Sousa (POR) bt Andrej Martin / Igor Zelenay (SVK) 6-4 6-2
Daniel Nestor / Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Marcus Daniell bt Michael Venus (NZL) 4-6 6-3 7-6(6)
Steve Johnson / Jack Sock (USA) bt Julio Peralta / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 6-2 6-2
Fabio Fognini / Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Illya Marchenko / Denys Molchanov 6-4 6-3