Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski fight back from early fright to take double win against Argentines Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos to advance to the second round at the Olympics
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski were the last British players on the field for the day in Tokyo and they saved a match point in a nail-biting 6-7(3), 6-4, 13-11 win over Argentinians Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos.
The British pair were regular partners until late last year, when Murray decided to rekindle his partnership with Bruno Soares, and he was a late replacement for the Olympics after Dan Evans tested positive for coronavirus.
In their first game back together, Murray and Skupski had a rough start, trailing a set after a thrilling opener.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski through to the second round of the men’s doubles in Tokyo
The pair defeated Argentina’s Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos in a thrilling match
They trailed 3-1 in the second set and stared at an early exit, but finished strong to finish 6-4 to take it to a third set.
Murray and Skupski turned the game around and avoided the tightest tiebreaks.
Skupsi joined Murray on the ATP Tour last season, while the pair also played together for Great Britain at the 2019 Davis Cup.
They won their first title together at the Sofia Open in November and reached the finals of the Western and Southern Open, the Vienna Open and the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
Murray’s younger brother, Andy, also advanced to the second round of the men’s doubles when he and Joe Salisbury defeated Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets.
Jamie follows brother Andy to the second round who won with partner Joe Salisbury (right)