Tennis: Kiwis to square off in Sweden doubles match-up

Marcus Daniell playing with Artem Sitak during the Australian Open. Photo / Getty Images
Marcus Daniell playing with Artem Sitak during the Australian Open. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi tennis player Marcus Daniell has won through to a match up against his doubles partner at the Olympics in the second round of the ATP tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Daniell and Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner have beaten a Swedish pair 7-6, 6-4.

They'll next take on the top seeds Kiwi Michael Venus and Croatian Mate Pavic for a place in the semi finals.

Meanwhile at the ATP event in Umag, Croatia fellow Kiwi Artem Sitak and American Nicholas Monroe as second seeds are into the quarter-finals after a straight set win over a local pairing in the first round.

In singles Rubin Statham has fought through qualifying and then won a rain delayed first round match at the US$50,000 Binghampton Challenger in New York.

Statham beat the seventh seed Guilherme Cleazar from Brazil ranked 200 by the score 6-7(2) 7-5 6-4 and will now face Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan in the second round

Earlier Lucky Loser Finn Tearney was defeated in the first round of the main draw by the sixth seed Darin King from Barbados in three sets.

Statham and Tearney had clashed in the final round of qualifying with Statham prevailing in over three hours in three sets.

- Radio Sport

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