Marcus Daniell targets Grandstand glory and place in US Open quarter-finals

05 September 2016

A place in the US Open quarter-finals will be at stake when Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Marcus Daniell takes to Flushing Meadows’ newest arena on Monday.

Daniell and men’s doubles partner Brian Baker will face number-four seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, the Australia Open champions, in the Grandstand Stadium – the 8,000-seater arena opened this summer.

After taking less than an hour to win their first match against Malek Jaziri and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-3 6-2, Daniell and Baker continued their fine form by beating Rohan Bopanna and Frederik Nielsen 6-2 7-6 (5).

“It feels great to be in another third round,” said Daniell, coached by Dave Sammel, Ian MacDonald and Bob Smith. “We’ll be comfortable out there this time and we’re both pumped to go deeper.”

Daniell has appeared at all four Grand Slam tournaments this year and represented his native New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He has been selected in the Kiwis’ Davis Cup squad for their home match against Pakistan later this month.

Team Bath MCTA tweeted the above picture of Marcus Daniell and coach Dave Sammel at Flushing Meadows

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