Sunday Star-Times

Daniell’s sights set on quarterfin­als in Melbourne

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After storming into the third round, Kiwi doubles player Marcus Daniell is upbeat about his chances of going further than he ever has before at a grand slam at the Australian Open.

Daniell has matched his best performanc­e at a grand slam, teaming with Britain’s Dominic Inglot to beat the French pair of Benoit Paire and Hugo Nys 6-4 6-2 yesterday.

The draw has opened up for the Kiwi who had expected to face fourth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert, of France, for a place in the quarterfin­als.

However, the Frenchmen were upset in a third set tiebreak by the relatively unknown combinatio­n of Chilean Hans-Castillo-Poolipink and Belarussia­n Andrei Vasilevski.

Daniell and Inglot beat Poolipink and Vasilevski en route to reaching the semifinals at an ATP tournament in Basel last October.

‘‘We had a close match against them and they are a rising team and have won two close matches. We know them and are ready to dominate,’’ Daniell said.

Yesterday, Daniell and Inglot benefited from Paire struggling with a stomach muscle problem and being unable to serve properly.

‘‘Paire was injured and serving strangely, so it took us a while to get a read on it but we closed out pretty comprehens­ively,’’ Daniell said.

Daniell and Inglot won a tightly contested first set 6-4, converting one of their three break point chances. They were dominant on serve, getting 81 percent of first serves in in the opening set.

In the second set Daniell and Inglot took control with an early break and cruised through it in 24 minutes. They never faced a break point against their serve in the entire match.

Having reached the second week at Melbourne Park, Daniell is adamant he’s not finished yet.

‘‘I’m ready to go deep in a slam, so no reason why it can’t be this one.’’

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Australian Open men’s doubles to save himself for an all-out singles assault at Melbourne Park.

After cursing himself for his decision to play doubles in near40degC heat the day before his third-round win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kyrgios has opted out of continuing with fellow Australian Matt Reid.

The pair were scheduled to play Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the second round yesterday.

But the 17th seed will instead spare his energy for tonight’s fourth-round showdown with world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov as he continues his bid to break Australia’s 42-year men’s title drought at the Open. - with AAP

I’m ready to go deep in a slam, so no reason why it can’t be this one. Marcus Daniell

 ?? GETTY IMAGES ?? Kiwi Marcus Daniell, left, and his doubles partner Dominic Inglot, of Great Britain, have advanced to the third round at the Australian Open.
GETTY IMAGES Kiwi Marcus Daniell, left, and his doubles partner Dominic Inglot, of Great Britain, have advanced to the third round at the Australian Open.

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