On a dramatic day of doubles motion on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, the first-time pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Jamie Murray gained an prolonged Match Tie-break to efficiently open their account on Monday.
The Indian/British duo scored a 2-6, 6-3, 12-10 victory over Miami finalists Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, finishing the comeback on a 3rd match level. After each Bopanna and Murray dropped serve within the opening set, the duo broke each opponents within the second to pressure the decider. Down 1/5 within the Match Tie-break, they clawed again two mini-breaks as a part of a late surge to take the match.
Whereas Bopanna and Murray have competed towards one another 12 occasions on the ATP Tour, together with 3 times in Monte Carlo, this was their first time taking part in on the identical aspect of the web. Their maiden victory units up a second-round assembly with People Taylor Fritz and Sebastian Korda, who took a 6-3, 7-5 resolution over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.
That was the one Monte Carlo doubles match not determined by a Match Tie-break on Monday. Aslan Karatsev and John Friends saved a match level within the second-set tie-break earlier than notching a 4-6, 7-6(9), 10-8 win over Austin Krajicek and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and brother Petros Tsitsipas additionally got here from behind to beat Andrey Golubev and Lorenzo Sonego, 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-2, whereas sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah had been 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7 winners towards Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.
The doubles opening spherical will conclude on Tuesday, with two second-round matches additionally on the schedule, together with fourth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut taking up Marcelo Melo and Alexander Zverev.
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