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In-Form Spaniards Beat Lindstedt/Tecau

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Paes, Stepanek© Getty ImagesSeventh seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in action Friday.

Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, winners of two ATP World Tour doubles titles this year, defeated fourth seed Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 7-6(5), 6-2 on Friday for a place in the Sony Ericsson Open second round.

Marrero and Verdasco, titlists at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Mertinak-Sa) and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Granollers-M. Lopez), saved all four break point they faced, hit seven aces and lost 14 points on serve for victory in 80 minutes.

Australian Open champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek broke serve five times in a 6-2, 7-6(3) win over Marcos Baghdatis and Sam Querrey. Leaders in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, Paes & Stepanek last week lost in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open to eventual champions Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal

One new pairing for the 2012 season, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, earned a confidence boosting 6-1, 6-4 win over Pablo Andujar and Carlos Berlocq in 63 minutes.

Marcelo Melo and Juan Monaco held their nerve to save six of eight break points for a 6-3, 3-6, 14-12 victory over American wild cards James Blake and Ryan Harrison in 83 minutes. Brits Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins topped Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles 6-1, 7-6(5) in 82 minutes.

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez won 74 per cent of their service points to knock out Florian Mayer and Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-2 in just 57 minutes.

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