Murray & Herbert Bow Out At Wimbledon
Andy Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert saw their Wimbledon campaign end on Saturday. The popular pair fell in the second round to sixth-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
“We played against a really good team today. The first two sets, I felt like we were the better team. I think if we got the second [set], we would have run away with it,” said Murray. “It was a shame because I felt like we played well the first couple of sets. If we got through that match, we could have made a bit of a run. Not to be.”
Mektic/Skugor have excelled before at The All England Club by reaching the semi-finals in 2017. They saved all five break points they faced and converted on four of their own to advance in two hours and 57 minutes. Next up for Mektic/Skugor are Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek, who defeated Nicholas Monroe and Mischa Zverev 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3.
Despite the loss, Murray can consider his grass-court season a success. In his first tournament since undergoing hip surgery after the Australian Open, he teamed with Feliciano Lopez to take the title at the Fever-Tree Championships (d. Ram/Salisbury). Most importantly, Murray’s hip has held up to the rigours of competition and he’s declared himself pain-free after each match.
Murray’s Wimbledon isn’t over yet, though. The Brit will team up with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles event.
Seventh seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are through to the second week after defeating Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-7(13), 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. The American pair, making their 20th appearance as a team at The All England Club, have prevailed here three times (2006, 2011, 2013). Mike also took the title here last year with Jack Sock (d. Klaasen/Venus). Awaiting the Bryans in the next round are No. 11 seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Ninth seeds Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos also advanced over Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-3. The Argentine pair will battle fifth seeds and 2015 champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau for a place in the quarter-finals.
The upset of the day came from Roman Jebavy and Philipp Oswald, who defeated No. 14 seeds Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(6). Melzer (w/Petzschner) won here in 2010 (d. Lindstedt/Tecau) and Marach (w/Pavic) finished runner-up in 2017 (l. Kubot/Melo). Jebavy/Oswald will play second-seeded Colombian pair Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the next round.