Brilliant start for Venus and Peers at Rome Masters
Michael Venus and his Australian doubles partner John Peers have advanced to the second round at the Rome Masters after a superb victory against the highly rated British pair of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski.
The antipodean combination have won 6-3 7-5 in 1 hour 22. In bright sunny conditions Venus and Peers made a strong start to the match and didn’t face a break point in the first set. They got the only break of the set in the 8th game and then held to take the opening set in 33 minutes.
Both pairs new each other well with Venus and teammate of Skupski in his US college days at LSU and Peers a former partner of Murray.
The second set was extremely tight with Venus doing well to recover from 0-30 serving in the 6th game to hold. Venus and Peers with some sharp net play from the Kiwi produced a break point chance of Skupski’s serve in the 9th game but couldn’t convert. However, after Venus held to love to level at 5-5, Venus and Peers broke Murray’s serve in the next game allowing Peers the chance to serve for the match. But having not conjured up a single break point chance, Murray and Skupski created three on the back of some loose serving points from the Australian. Peers saved the first two from 15-40 to get to match point which was also a deciding point and a good serve did the trick for the Aussie.
Venus and Peers will face either the 8th seeds and reigning French Open champions Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies or Finland’s Henri Kontinen and German Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round. Kontinen is another former partner of Peers while Struff used to play with Kiwi Ben McLachlan who plays under the Japanese flag.