Making the second round of the doubles at the Australian Open came relatively easy for the three Kiwi players, Michael Venus, Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak. However their second round opponents have now been confirmed and each New Zealand player and their respective partners will play a seeded pair.
Sitak and American Nicholas Monroe will now face seventh seeds Lukasz Kubot (Poland) a winner in Melbourne in 2014 and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) a former world No.1 and Grand Slam titlist while Daniel and Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner take on sixth seeds Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Rajeev Ram (USA).
"Any players in a Grand Slam second round are good. Weve played Kubot and Melo before. They are good players, but were playing well and can win," said Sitak.
Venus and Swede Robert Lindstedt who won the Australian Open title with Kubot play ninth seeds Ivan Dodig (Croatia) a Grand Slam winner in doubles and Spaniard Marcel Granollers.