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Bryans Open Beijing Bid; 'Polish Power' Beaten

Doubles 2012

Bryans© Getty ImagesBob and Mike Bryan are bidding for their third Beijing title.

Two-time former champions and top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened their campaign for a third China Open title on Wednesday in Beijing as they held off Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 7-6(5).

The American twins broke serve twice from seven opportunities and won 81 per cent of points behind their first serve to prevail in 65 minutes. They won this ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament in 2009 (d. Knowles/Roddick) and 2010 (d. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski) and have an 11-1 event record.

The Bryans are on an eight-match winning streak, coming off victory at the US Open (d. Paes/Stepanek) and securing the doubles rubber for the U.S.A. in its semi-final loss to Spain in the Davis Cup.

Fourth seeds and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski suffered a first-round defeat, falling to German/Austrian duo Tommy Haas and Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4. Haas and Melzer converted three of their four break points to beat the ‘Polish Power’ in 61 minutes.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski are currently sixth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London. They were coming off a semi-final showing at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur and were bidding to reach the Beijing final for the second time.

British duo and last week’s Kuala Lumpur finalists Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins set a quarter-final clash with third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau after dismissing Chinese wild cards Yu Chang and Zhe Li 6-3, 6-2 in 64 minutes.

At the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Juan Monaco and Kei Nishikori ousted third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 7-6(1), 6-3 in 69 minutes. The Argentine/Japanese duo are playing together for the second time after initially teaming up to reach the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March.

French/Brazilian pairing Jeremy Chardy and Marcelo Melo cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Japanese wild cards Hiroki Moriya and Takao Suzuki. Chardy and Melo are making their tour-level debut together, but did win an ATP Challenger Tour title in Mexico five years ago.

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