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Nadal Teams With Granollers For Grass-Court Win; Hewitt/Roddick Join Forces

Doubles 2012

Granollers, Nadal© Getty ImagesSpaniards Marcel Granollers and Rafael Nadal prevailed in their Halle opener.

Rafael Nadal teamed with fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers for a 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 victory over Michal Mertinak and Viktor Troicki on his transition from clay to grass, Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open.

The seven-time Roland Garros champion said of his decision to play doubles, “The real thing for me is more preparation for the singles [match] tomorrow, to compete, to spend time on the court, to serve a bit, to adapt to the conditions on grass. That’s probably going to help.”

Second seeds Frantisek Cermak and Julian Knowle worked hard for a win in their first-round match, prevailing against Carlos Berlocq and Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 10-3 in one hour and 57 minutes.

Top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, semi-finalists last week in Paris, saved all eight break points faced on serve in a 7-6(7), 6-7(1), 10-7 win over Johan Brunstrom and Philipp Marx.

At the AEGON Championships, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick atoned for their losses in their singles openers by edging Yen-Hsun Lu and Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in their first-round doubles match. Hewitt and Roddick are each four-time singles champions at the Queen's Club, while Querrey won the title in 2010.

This marks the first time that the two former World No. 1 players have played side-by-side. They next go on to face top seeds and Roland Garros champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor.

In other first-round matches Wednesday, Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram defeated Croatians Marin Cilic and Lovro Zovko 6-2, 7-6(5), while Marcos Baghdatis and Jamie Murray beat Simone Bolelli and Gilles Muller 7-6(5), 6-4.

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