Third seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer strengthened their claim for a spot at the eight-team Nitto ATP Finals Friday, needing just 64 minutes to cruise to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the second round of the US Open.
Dutchman Rojer and El Salvador’s Arevalo have captured three titles this season, including triumphing at Roland Garros to capture their first Grand Slam as a pair. During an 11-match winning streak earlier this season, the pair also collected the title at the ATP 250 events in Dallas, Texas and Delray Beach, Florida.
The duo is second in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings and will face Frenchmen Quentin Halys and Adrian Mannarino in the third round.
Defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury backed up their comfortable first-round victory with another dominant performance Friday, defeating Aslan Karatsev and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-3.
Top seeds Ram and Salisbury have collected two titles this season: Monte-Carlo and Cincinnati. Should they claim back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows, the duo would claim its third major title (Australian Open ‘20, US Open ‘21). They will meet Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in the third round.
Poland’s Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinsk won 45/51 points off their first serve to upset 2016 US Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 7-6(2), 7-6(8).
The Polish duo held its nerve to fend off three set points in the second set to claim a spot in the third round at Flushing Meadows.
Ariel Behar and Gonzolo Escobar rallied from a set down in a marathon two hour, 26 minute upset over seventh seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(10-5).
Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, seeded 12th, were also ousted in Friday’s action, falling to Philipp Oswald and Robin Haase 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-3.