Tennis: Kiwi Michael Venus advances to Australian Open doubles third round, Marcus Daniell eliminated

The New Zealand contingent competing in the men's doubles have endured a mixed second round at the Australian Open on Saturday.

Kiwi Michael Venus and partner Tim Putz of Germany have advanced to the third round, thanks to a comprehensive straight sets victory over Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena and France's Hugo Baston.

The tournament sixth seeds needed just over an hour to seal their victory, taking the first set in convincing fashion 6-1, before being made to work for the second set 6-4.

The pair will be back in action on Sunday in the tournament's third round, facing Australian duo Jason Kubler and Chris O'Connell, with the winners to advance to the quarter-finals.

Venus is also competing in the mixed doubles with fellow Kiwi Erin Routliffe, and will face fourth seeds men's partner Putz and Alexa Guarachi of Chile in the second round on Sunday.

But while Venus advanced to the third round, compatriot Marcus Daniell was eliminated after a second-round defeat alongside partner Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.

Up against the tournament's second seeds, Joe Salisbury of Great Britain and Rajeev Ram of the USA, Daniell and Nielsen fell to a straight sets defeat, going down 6-1, 6-2.

The result came after Daniell and Nielsen advanced from the opening round thanks to a walkover victory, due to an injury to fellow Kiwi Artem Sitak.