By Ros Satar, in Melbourne
- Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares fall at the first hurdle in straight sets to Sam Querrey & Donald Young 6-3 7-6(5)
- Ken & Neal Skupski also out in the opener
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Defending champions Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares were stunned in their opener by American pairing Sam Querrey & Donald Young.
After being pipped in the Sydney final where they were also defending a title, the defending champions Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares were stunned in the first round of the Doubles by Sam Querrey & Donald Young.
The Americans broke the Brit & Brazilian paring, who won two Slams in 2016, and held on to the advantage to wrap up the first set with ease. It was a far more competitive second set but Murray & Soares failed to convert on two break points chances they had, eventually being edged in the tie-break.
Also out were brothers Ken and Neal Skupski also bowed out in the first round in straight sets to 14th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah. The Colombians had a single break in the first set, and only had to face one break point against them in the entire match, before breaking once more in the second set.
Dominic Inglot & Florin Mergea beat the all-French pairing of Julien Benneteau & Jeremy Chardy to make the round three.
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