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Murray/Sa Scrape Past Bangkok Second Seeds; 'Polish Power' On Form

Doubles 2012

Poles© Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2012Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg beat a Malaysian wild card pairing to reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.

Jamie Murray and Andre Sa scraped past second seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in just over 90 minutes on Wednesday at the Thailand Open in Bangkok. It was their first match win as a team. Murray, 26, finished runner-up in 2006 with his brother, Andy Murray.

Gonzalez and Lipsky dropped to a 13-7 mark on the season, highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and the Winston-Salem Open.

Top seeds Leander Paes and Horia Tecau opened their campaign at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer. Playing together for the first time, the Indian/Romanian pairing broke serve three times from eight opportunities to prevail in 83 minutes.

The 39-year-old Paes is a two-time winner in Bangkok, partnering Paul Hanley to victory in 2005 and Lukas Dlouhy in 2008.

German/Serbian pairing Christopher Kas and Viktor Troicki held off Grigor Dimitrov and Bernard Tomic for a place in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Former champions Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana reached the semi-finals as they upset third seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 1-6, 10-6. The Thai twins lifted the trophy in 2007, defeating Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut.

At the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, top seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski dismissed Malaysian wild cards Mohd Assri Merzuki and Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib 6-1, 6-3 in 42 minutes. The ‘Polish Power’ lost only seven points on serve and broke their opponents four times.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski won the Kuala Lumpur title in 2009 with victory over Igor Kunitsyn and Jaroslav Levinsky and were runners-up a year later (l. to Cermak/Mertinak).

Germans Michael Kohlmann and Frank Moser edged Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

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