Fifteenth seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara advanced to the third round at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year on Saturday when they clawed past American William Blumberg and Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
The British-Finnish duo has enjoyed success this grass-court season, advancing to the Cinch Championships final at The Queen’s Club. They also made the Roland Garros quarter-finals one month ago.
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It will not get any easier when Glasspool and Heliovaara play second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic next. The Croatians defeated Americans Nicholas Monroe and Tommy Paul 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Top seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury continued their pursuit of the trophy with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 triumph against Frenchman Fabrice Martin and Monaco’s Hugo Nys, while ninth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares ousted Serbian Nikola Cacic and Italian Andrea Vavassori 6-4, 7-6(4), 7-5.
Seventh seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek also advanced when they eliminated Portugal’s Joao Sousa and Australian Jordan Thompson 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-4. The 2021 Indian Wells champions have won six consecutive sets after rallying from two sets down in the first round.
Briton Ken Skupski recently announced that Wimbledon is the final tournament of his career. The lefty is certainly making it count. Skupski and countryman Jonny O’Mara eased past South African Raven Klaasen and Brazilian Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 for a place in the third round. The home favourites have not lost a set through two matches.
Moldovan Radu Albot and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili battled past Ecuadori’s Diego Hidalgo and Colombian Cristian Rodriguez 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5.