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Bryans, Mirnyi/Nestor Cruise Into QFs

Paris, France

Bryans© Getty ImagesBob and Mike Bryan remained on track for their first Roland Garros title since 2003.

Second seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to the Roland Garros quarter-finals on Sunday, dismissing Mark Knowles and Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-2 on Court 1.

The American twins won 47 per cent of their return points to break the pair of former champions four times (Knowles 2007, Malisse 2004) in the 62-minute victory.

The Bryans are bidding to lift their first title on the red clay in Paris since 2003, which would see them break a tie with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for the most Grand Slam team titles with 12. They are looking to add to earlier season triumphs in Sydney, Monte-Carlo and Nice.

For a place in the semi-finals, the Bryans will face Oliver Marach and Horacio Zeballos. The Austrian/Argentine combination defeated Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4.

Defending champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor also cruised in their third-round match, defeating 15th seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-2, 6-4 in 71 minutes. The top seeds won 84 per cent of their service points and capitalised on three of their six break point opportunities.

The Belarusian/Canadian duo, looking for its first clay-court trophy of the year, will next meet Matthew Ebden and Ryan Harrison. The Australian/American tandem rallied past No. 12 seeds Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Ebden and Harrison, who lifted the Newport title together last year, are each enjoying their finest doubles run at a Grand Slam event, having never previously advanced past the second round.

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer booked their final eight berth with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot. The 10th seeds were not broken, winning 75 per cent of their first serve points to seal the win in 77 minutes.

Qureshi and Rojer, who captured their first team title in Estoril, will square off against No. 3 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic for a spot in the final four. The French/Serbian pair battled past 16th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4.

Llodra and Zimonjic are aiming to win their first Grand Slam team title together, having reached the semi-finals in back-to-back majors last year in Paris and at Wimbledon.

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