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Top Four Doubles Seeds Advance In St. Petersburg

Doubles 2012

Kas, Brown© A Briand – Moselle Open Third-seeded Germans Christopher Kas and Dustin Brown won their first-round match in under an hour on Tuesday in Metz.

The top four seeds made winning starts at the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday.

Top seeds Rajeev Ram and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Italians Flavio Cipolla and Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4 on their team debut. The American/Serbian tandem converted three of their 10 break points for victory in 61 minutes. Zimonjic is a two-time winner in St. Petersburg, lifting the trophy in 2003 (w/ Knowle) and 2007 (w/ Nestor).

Defending champions Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins opened with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin. The British pairing are 14th in the Race To London and are bidding to win their third ATP World Tour title of the season after victories in Delray Beach (d. Mertinak/Sa) and Eastbourne (d. Delgado/Skupski).

Third seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Andrey Yakovlev and Alexander Zhurbin. The Czech/Slovak team had lost in the first round on their previous two visits.

Germany’s Frank Moser and Ken Skupski of Great Britain, the fourth seeds, made their tour-level partnership debut with a 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory over Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. Afterwards, Skupski (@k_skupski) tweeted, "Somehow managed to sneak through today. Frank The Tank and I were not at the races until 6-2 4-2 down. One point changed the match."

At the Moselle Open in Metz, also an ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament, singles top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten in his first-round doubles match. Partnering Benoit Paire, the duo lost an all-French contest with second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 7-5.

Third-seeded Germans Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas broke serve twice to defeat Italians Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes.

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