Eighth seeds Koolhof/Rojer also advance
Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury earned the first upset of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday when they ousted Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, the second seeds, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 15 minutes.
This is the unseeded duo’s first time competing together, and they did not face a break point against Herbert and Mahut, who as a team have lifted the trophy at all four majors. Murray and Salisbury won 42 per cent of their receiving points en route to the second round.
Murray is a two-time singles gold medalist in the Olympics (London, Rio de Janeiro), and he also won the silver medal in mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson in London in 2012.
In other doubles action, eighth-seeded Dutchmen Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer eliminated Belgians Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-3, 7-6(5). Germans Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz also advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Argentines Facundo Bagnis and Diego Schwartzman.