Michael Venus makes it two Kiwis in 2nd round of US Open doubles
New Zealand's top ranked doubles player Michael Venus and his Australian partner John Peers have won through to the second round of the men's doubles at the US tennis Open in New York.
Venus and Peers have beaten Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Nicholas Monroe 6-4 6-2 in 1 hour 7. It was a tight opening set with just the one break of serve for Venus and Peers. But they took control early in the second set to complete a comfortable win.
Venus and Peers broke serve three times from four chances in the match and saved two break points against their own serve.
It’s the duo’s first match win since claiming the Dubai ATP 500 doubles title in February before the Covid-19 shutdown of the sport. They had lost their first round match at the Cincinnati Masters last week. The antipodean team will face the unseeded Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen in the second round after they upset second seeds Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Brazil's Marcelo Melo. That match will be tomorrow immediately after Marcus Daniell and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald face America’s Christian Eubanks and Mackenzie McDonald in their second round match.