Reunited Evans/Skupski set Mektic/Pavic rematch
Bublik and Garin both bowed out in their opening matches in singles after tight three-setters, with Bublik falling to top seed Daniil Medvedev yesterday and Garin to Atlanta champion John Isner earlier in the day. But they found success in doubles as they contested their third tournament of the year together, and first since Madrid and Rome (1-2).
The Kazakh-Chilean tandem won 90 per cent (44/49) of first-serve points, and didn’t face any break points en route to victory in 61 minutes. Bublik and Garin will next face Matwe Middelkoop and Luke Saville.
They weren’t the only team to record a successful reunion on Wednesday. Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski played their first match as a team since Rome in May, and took down Miomir Kecmanovic and Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3.
The Brits previously reached back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 finals in Miami and Monte Carlo, losing out to Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic both times. Now they will get a shot at revenge, as the top-seeded Croatians await in the second round.