Michael Venus has shown his class in his opening round doubles match at the US Open in New York but there has been a gut-wrenching defeat for Kiwi number 2 Marcus Daniell at Flushing Meadows.
Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen, the 3rd seeds, have crushed the French pair of Giles Simon and Adrian Mannarino, 6-2 6-1 in just 48 minutes. They broke serve four times from seven looks in a straightforward romp over the singles specialists.
Venus and Klaasen will next face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic and Norwegian Casper Ruud for a place in the third round.
New Zealand's Marcus Daniell has experienced the biggest court in tennis but came up just short.
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The Kiwi number two and his British partner Ken Skupski have been beaten by Aussie Nick Kyrgios and Romanian Marius Copil 6-7(5) 7-5, 7-6 (1) in 2 hours 19. It was a match that was moved to the Arthur Ashe Stadium centre court. It was a match that could have gone either way and Daniell and Skupski certainly had more than a few chances
Earlier there was disappointment for Artem Sitak and his Ukranian partner Denys Molchanov. They proved no match for the 2nd seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, slumping to a 6-2 6-4 defeat in 1 hour and 12 minutes. Sitak was broken in the first game of the match and he and Molchanov failed to conjure up a break point against their much-vaunted opponents.