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Top Duos Advance In Vienna, Moscow

Doubles 2012

Melzer, Peya© e|motion/zolles.comJurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya got off to a winning start in Vienna.

The top-seeded Austrian duo of Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya defeated Michael Kohlmann and Dick Norman 7-6(3), 6-4 in first-round action Tuesday at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Melzer and Peya did not drop serve en route to the one hour, 12-minute victory.

The Austrians are teaming up for the first time since the London 2012 Olympics, where they knocked out home favourites Andy Murray and Jamie Murray in the first round before falling to Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez.

British/Brazilian pairing Jamie Murray and Andre Sa reached the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay. Murray and Sa broke serve once in each set to prevail in 71 minutes.

Top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak opened their Kremlin Cup campaign on Tuesday in Moscow with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Russian wild cards Teymuraz Gabashvili and Andrey Kuznetsov. The Czech/Slovakian duo dropped only nine points on serve and broke their opponents four times for victory in 53 minutes.

Cermak and Mertinak were runners-up in Moscow in 2009, losing to Carlos Berlocq and David Marrero. They are bidding for their second ATP World Tour title of the season after victory at the BMW Open in Munich in May (d. Malisse/Norman).

Two seeded teams were beaten in Moscow. Italians Daniele Bracciali and Simone Bolelli ousted second seeds Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 7-6(5), 6-4 in 89 minutes, while Russian wild cards Evgeny Donskoy and Igor Kunitsyn upset fourth seeds Rameez Junaid and Rajeev Ram 7-6(9), 6-3 in 86 minutes.

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