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Bryans Beat Brazilians At Olympics; ''Polish Power'' Upset By Spaniards

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Bryans© Getty ImagesAmericans Bob and Mike Bryan won the 2008 Beijing bronze medal.

Top-seeded Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan completed a hard-fought 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-3 win over Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa of Brazil on Saturday at the London Olympics.

The Bryans, who captured the Beijing Olympics bronze medal, saved all four break points they faced for victory in two hours and 16 minutes. Their compatriots, John Isner and Andy Roddick, lost their match to Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-2, 6-4.

Second seeds Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga required 73 minutes to beat Argentines David Nalbandian and Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 7-5. The Frenchmen dominated the first-round match, losing just seven points on their serves, hitting 12 aces and 34 winners. Llodra is competing at his third Olympic Games, while Tsonga is making his debut.

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Earlier in the day, Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez knocked out fourth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6(7), 6-7(6), 8-6 in two hours and 40 minutes.

Ferrer and Lopez hit 14 aces and 47 winners past the Poles, who struck 15 aces and 56 winners on Court 19 at the All England Club, Wimbledon. Fyrstenberg and Matkowski were playing at their third Olympic Games (2-3 overall).

“It was good,” said Ferrer. “But it was only the first round. Normally, I do not play doubles, but in the Olympic Games it is different. Our opponents are very good players, they are specialist doubles players, but we played very well and consistently.”

Ferrer and Lopez will next play Austrians Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya, who beat British favourites Andy Murray and Jamie Murray 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-5 in two hours and 23 minutes.

The other British duo, Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, also bowed out in the first round, falling to Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3.

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