Auckland: Divij Sharan and his partner Artem Sitak shocked top seeds John Peers and Michael Venus in two close sets to move to the quarter-finals of the ATP Auckland Open on Wednesday.
The Indo-Kiwi pair edged out the Australian-Kiwi pair 7-6(4), 7-6(3) in the opening round of the $610,010 hardcourt tournament, the last in the run-up to the Australian Open, the season's first Grand Slam.
Left-handed Sharan and Sitak next face Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who got a walkover from Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa.
Also moving to the last-eight stage were third seeds Rohan Bopanna from India and Finland's Henri Kontinen, who beat wild card entrants Cameron Norrie and Rhett Purcell 6-4, 6-2.
They are now up against Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan.
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Updated Date: Jan 15, 2020 22:40:45 IST