Sixth-seeded Swiss couple needed three sets and almost two and half hours to defeat Nishikori and Soeda of Japan in the first round of men’s doubles Olympic clash. The Swiss won all of their serves in the match, but found themselves 0-1 back due to first set tie-break. They nonetheless bounced back and earned themselves a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Federer and Wawrinka will face Israelis Erlich and Ram in the second round. The latter beat Granollers and Lopez of Spain, the result was 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
Top seeded Bryan brothers also did not progress as easily as it was probably expected. Brazilians Bellucci and Sa were worthy opponents. As all of the serves were kept in the first two sets, the result was tied at 1-1 after two tie-breaks. The Brazilians then gave away a crucial serve in the eighth game of the third match, and the Bryan’s were through with 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3.
In the next round the tournament favorites are meeting Russian pair Davydenko/Youzhny who overcame Germans Kas and Petzschner: 7-5, 7-5.
Third-seeded Serbs Tipsarevic and Zimonjic were very convincing as it took them less than an hour to finish off Slovak couple Klizan/Lacko. The Serbs won three break points and gave away none of their serves, therefore the end score 6-3, 6-3.
A doubles specialist Canadian Nestor and his partner Pospisil were up to their task against Romanian pair Tecau/Ungur and advanced to the second round with 6-3, 7-6 (9). Nestor has already won all of the Grand Slam doubles as well as Sydney Olympic doubles in 2000. The Canadians’ next opponents are the above mentioned Serbs.
Seventh-seeded Indian pair Bhupathi/Bopanna also entered the second round. 38-years old Bhupathi is one of the best doubles players in the world, but is still missing an Olympic medal. The Indians did not have it easy against Belarusians Bury and Mirny who did not lose a serve until 6-6 in the third set – that has proved to be the difference between the two teams. End result: 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 8-6.
Bhupathi and Bopanna will play their next match against French couple Benneteau/Gasquet who eliminated domestic couple Fleming/Hutchins in two sets: 7-5, 3-6.