Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are ramping up their bid for a sixth US Open men’s doubles crown. The fifth-seeded Americans easily disposed of the all-Australian duo of Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid to progress to the third round on Saturday. Their 6-1, 6-1 triumph set a showdown with No. 9 seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.
There was success for another all-American pairing with wild cards Christopher Eubanks and Christian Harrison advancing. Playing together for the first time, Eubanks and Harrison ground out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 result over Russian Mikhail Youzhny and German Mischa Zverev on Court 7 after one hour and 31 minutes.
“We started out returning really well and gave ourselves lots of chances,” Harrison told ATPWorldTour.com. “He was serving well and I was making some volleys around the net and just using my instincts. He can play big with power and set up some balls and I have to be on my toes at the net and get some floaters. I think our games complement each other.”
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Harrison has fond memories of playing doubles in New York, having reached the quarter-finals on debut with brother Ryan Harrison in 2012.
“Playing with your brother here at the Open and just getting some wins with the atmosphere and the great crowds was amazing. It was packed,” Harrison said. “You get those chills when they start yelling and screaming. It was like that today too.”
Sixth-seeded Croatian-Spanish duo, Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers, had few difficulties in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Italian-German pair Alexxandro Giannessi and Florian Mayer, while last week’s Winston-Salem Open champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau continued their fine run. The Dutch-Romanian duo eased past Hyeon Chung, of South Korea, and Yen-Husn Lu, of Chinese Taipei, 6-3, 6-2.