New Zealander Michael Venus is into the last 16 in the doubles at the Australian Open.
Venus and Indian partner Yuki Bhambri upset the tournament's 10th seeds, Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-4 6-4.
They had to battle through the wildcard qualifying tournament to make it into the draw, and they have scored a remarkable win over Tecau, from Romania, and Rojer, of the Netherlands, who are regarded as two the best specialist doubles players in the world.
In the first round, Venus and Bhambri beat Roberto Bautista-Agut, who knocked Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, out of the singles last night, and his Spanish compatriot, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-2 7-5.
That win was impressive, but the victory today was even more of an achievement.
Played on court eight and in 40 degrees Celsius heat, the Kiwi-Indian combination looked confident from the outset against their more experienced opponents.
The first six games took no time at all to get through, but in the seventh, Venus and Bhambri were able to put pressure on
Tecau's serve and the Romanian ended up double faulting on break point.
Venus served for the set, winning the game to love.
Tecau was broken in the first game of the second set after twice putting volleys into the net, and it was an advantage that
Venus and Bhambri never came close to losing.
They will play for a spot in the quarterfinals, probably on Sunday, but as there are a few first-round matches still to be completed, they don't yet know who they will be up against.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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