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Venus progresses in Wimdeldon doubles

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/07/2016

New Zealander Michael Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic have made it through to the third round of the men's tennis doubles on a rain-affected day at Wimbledon.

The 16th seeds beat the Argentine combination of Guillermo Duran and Maximo Gonzalez 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in one hour and 29 minutes to equal their best performance at the grass court grand slam tournament.

They also got past two rounds last year before falling to American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

Venus, who is at a career-high doubles ranking of No.39, says it was a tricky encounter against familiar opponents Duran and Gonzalez.

"These guys play a different style, serving and staying back," the 28-year-old Aucklander said.

"We've played them a few times, so it was no surprise."

As a combination, Venus and Pavic have won five doubles titles on the ATP Tour, four of them this year.

They will next face either the No.3 seeds, Scotland's Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares, or Argentine wildcard partnership Federico Delbonis and Diego Schwartzman.

Venus also played his first-round mixed doubles match with Argentine Maria Irigoyen, but the pair lost to Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) and Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) 6-4 6-4.

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