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Wimbledon 2010: Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot triuimph

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Britain's Chris Eaton (left) and Dominic Inglot during their victory over Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic at Wimbledon
Eaton (left) and Inglot (right) delighted the crowds packed around Court Six

By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

British doubles wildcards Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot pulled off a major shock by beating defending champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.

They saw off the top seeds 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (3-7) 8-6 in round two.

They earned an early break in the final set but were pegged back at 4-4 before earning another break to lead 7-6 and winning on their second match point.

Meanwhile fellow Britons Elena Baltacha and Ken Skupski beat Michal Mertinak and Andrea Hlavackova 6-2 6-3.

The unseeded pair now play fifth seeds Mark Knowles and Katarina Srebotnik in the second round.


Skupski was also victorious in his and Colin Fleming's first-round men's doubles match against the French combination of Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut.

A 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-4) win sets up a meeting with second seeds Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States.

Nestor and Zimonjic had beaten fellow Britons Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray 15-13 in the fifth set in round one.

And Eaton and Inglot's next opponents are 14th seeds Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

The pair are confident they can keep their run going if they reproduce the same form with Inglot saying: "We always knew we had the ability to play like this.

"Our serves are so strong that if we can keep that going it puts pressure on our opponents. We really just started in the last couple of days hitting our serves big and didn't get broken in the last round.

"That gave us confidence going into today that if we could just hold serve and be relaxed and easy on the returns we would get some chances and we did.

"It does not surprise me that we can win a match like this. We have won a match against the number one team in the world and the next match is also against tough opponents but if we do the same thing and look after our serves we can win it."

If we do the same thing in our next match and look after our serves we can win it

Dominic Inglot

It is the second time Eaton has hit the headlines at Wimbledon after reaching the second round of the men's singles as a qualifier two years ago.

Then he lost to 25th seed Dmitry Tursunov after beating Serbia's Boris Pasanski in the first round.

He said: "It is always great to be here, it seems to bring out the best in me which is always nice. Playing at Wimbledon has a lot of positive impact and it is nice for us to know we are capable of doing great performances like that. We must work on producing that every time.

"I have just been trying to work on my game as hard as I can on the right things and you never know when or how your hard work is going to pay off.

"We got some tactics from Jamie and Jonny, who also played a great match against them, and we have a coach who also coached Daniel Nestor and it is nice to see that they can be pushed. It helped us a lot to have Jamie and Jonny to push them hard and we thought if they can do that so can we."

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