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Bryans Beat Australians In Opener

Nice, France

Bryans© Yohan Brandt/Open de Nice Côte d’AzurThe Bryans won their first-round match in straight sets.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan made a strong start to their Open de Nice Côte d’Azur campaign on Tuesday, defeating Australians Matthew Ebden and Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-2. The Americans needed just 44 minutes to win as they broke serve four times and dropped only nine points on serve.

The 34-year-old twins, winners of the Sydney and Monte-Carlo titles this year, go onto face the Italian/British pairing of Daniele Bracciali and Jamie Murray, who edged Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 7-5, 2-6, 12-10.

Third seeds and recent Estoril winners Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer opened with a 7-5, 6-2 dismissal of James Cerretani and Andre Sa. They set a second-round clash with Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram, who defeated Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4.

Fourth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Santiago Gonzalez were made to work hard for their first-round win. The South Americans overcame Treat Conrad Huey and Frank Moser 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in 85 minutes.

Austria’s Oliver Marach and Slovakian Filip Polasek upset French wild cards Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin with a 7-5, 6-3 victory. The duo is making its team debut this week at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament.

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