Doubles teams excel, Ward upsets second seed
By Phil James
BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, U.S.A. ATP250
Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland ATP250
Jamie Delgado/Facundo Bagnis def Daniele Bracciali/Filip Polasek (1) 6-2, 6-3
Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, Lexington U.S.A. Challenger
James Ward def Olivier Rochus(2) 6-2, 6-3
Malek Jaziri (8) def Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-3
It has been a good few days for the British men as the ATP gets back into full swing after Wimbledon.
Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray won their first match since playing at the AELTC, beating singles specialists Denis Istomin and Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 7-6(5) last night.
It was more good news for the pair after Fleming’s long term playing partner, Ross Hutchins, announced earlier this week that he is in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Fleming and Marray are seeded third in the men’s doubles at the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP 250 hard court tournament.
Marray especially will be hoping for a good few tournaments after he dropped 19 places in the rankings as he could not defend his 2012 Wimbledon men’s doubles title and points.
Jamie Murray and his Australian partner, John Peers, are likewise third seeds at the ATP 250 Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.
They also won their first round match, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu and Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4 today.
Stakhovsky, who also lost his first round singles match yesterday, has now lost all his four singles matches and two doubles matches since his shock defeat of Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
Jamie Delgado also recorded an extremely impressive victory on the clay courts of Gstaad, Switzerland today.
He and Facundo Bagnis defeated top-seeded Daniele Bracciali and Filip Polasek 6-2, 6-3.
Meanwhile on the Challenger tour James Ward also shone, defeating second seed Olivier Rochus 6-2, 6-3 on the hard courts of the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, U.S.A.
Ward will play wild-card American Mitchell Krueger, ranked over 200 places below him, in the second round.
Daniel Evans could not repeat the feat unfortunately, as he lost to eighth seed Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-3.
The two Brits will also play in the doubles together in Lexington.