04/09/2017 – The fourth seed pair came back from a break down in the opening act.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 50 400 000 USD, HARD COURT), MIXED DOUBLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos, Bruno Soares (Hungarian, Brazil, 4)-Raluca Olaru, Nikola Mektić (Romanian, Croatian) 7: 5, 6:3|
The match lasted for 1 hour 17 minutes in New York.
At the start of the 47-minute opening act, the Romanian-Croatian pair surprised the opponent after 2:1. They broke to 30. Fortunately, Timi and Soares swiftly “woke up”, won four games in a row, with two breaks (to 40 and then to 30).
Unfortunately, this advantage disappeared, after Olaru and Mektić broke to 30 after 5:4. Fortunately this did not bother the Hungarian-Brazilian pair. Timi and Soares won the next 2 game to 40, first behind the serves, then as receivers.
The second set was much simpler. The 4th seed pair started with a break, then had another chance after 2:0. Olaru and Mektić saved their serve from 15-40, but after that they did not really have the chance to translate.
Timi and Soares were served brilliantly. In the second set, they lost two rallies in four service games. The Hungarian-Brazilian pair had the confidence, and they finished the match very well. After 5:3, Timi and Soares broke the opponent again.
The fourth seed pair will meet CoCo Vandeweghe and Horia Tecău in the QF.
The American player (born: 6 December, 1991) is 37th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 18th (24 October, 2016). So far Vandeweghe has won 2 WTA and 6 ITFs in women’s doubles. Last year, she was finalist in Mixed Doubles at the Australian Open (Co: Horia Tecău) and US Open (Co: Rajeev Ram).
The Romanian player (born: 19 January, 1985) is 27th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 2nd (23 November, 2015). So far he has won 32 ATPs in Men’s Doubles. Tecău was a champion in Wimbledon in 2015, and he was in the final in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012 he remained unbeaten in Mixed Doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Australian Open, and in 2014 and 2016 he was also a finalist.