No. 6 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares defeated Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez 6-7 (4) 6-2 6-4to advance to the quarterfinal of the Australian Open men's doubles event. As no breaks were seen in the first set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Bolelli and Gonzalez trailed 5-4 before winning three points in a row to win the opener.
However, losing a tight first set didn't affect Murray and Soares, who claimed two breaks in the second set to force a decider. In the third set, Murray and Soares saved a total of five break points before earning the key break in the seventh game.
Murray and Soares served out for the match in the 10th game after realizing their third match point.
Murray and Soares play next against Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop
Murray and Soares, who split in the summer of 2019, won it all at Melbourne Park in 2016.
Murray and Soares reunited for the 2021 season and now they are hoping to win it all once again. Meanwhile, defending Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury also progressed into the Australian Open quarterfinal.
Ram and Salisbury claimed a tight 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) win over John Peers and Michael Venus in the Australian Open round-of-16 on Monday. Ram and Salisbury broke Peers and Venus in the third game of the first set but failed to serve out for the opener in the 10th game.
However, Ram and Salisbury kept their focus as they realzed their first set point in the tie-nbreak to win the opener. As no breaks were seen -- the second set also went into a tie-break -- in which Ram and Salisbury converted their third match point to earn a straight-set win.
Ram and Salisbury will fight against Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald for a place in the Australian Open semifinal. No. 9 seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek also made the Australian Open quarterfinal as they handed a straight-set defeat to Marcelo Melo and Horia Tecau 6-4 6-3.
In the final doubles match of the day, Australia's Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith stunned No. 4 seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (2) 6-4.