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Bhupathi/Nestor Begin Partnership In Style

Doubles 2013

Bhupathi© Aircel Chennai OpenDaniel Nestor and Mahesh Bhupathi impressed in their partnership debut in Chennai.

Top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor debuted their new partnership in style at the Aircel Chennai Open on Wednesday, overwhelming wild card pair N.Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-3, 6-0.

Bhupathi and Nestor broke the home country pair five times and won 82 per cent of their first serve points. They wiped away the only break point they faced to advance in just 49 minutes.

No. 3 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Rajeev Ram began their title bid with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Yen-Hsun Lu and Go Soeda. Bopanna and Ram capitalised on four of their eight break points.

German tandem Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich eased past fourth-seeded Brits Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski 7-6(3), 6-2 in 78 minutes. Somdev Devvarman and Sergiy Stakhovsky also moved on in first-round action, defeating Dutch duo Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3.

At the Brisbane International, second seeds Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray joined forces for a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over David Goffin and Gilles Muller in their first-round doubles match. 

The two Scottish players, who are making just their third tour-level main draw appearance as a team, saved six of the seven break points faced on serve while capitalising on two of their three chances for the one hour, 26-minute victory.

Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley, the top seeds, secured their place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament after defeating Jurgen Melzer and Milos Raonic 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in 61 minutes. Butorac and Hanley, finalists last year in Bangkok, improved to a 10-7 team record.

In Doha, second seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek reached the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semi-finals after beating Fabio Fognini and David Marrero 6-4, 6-4. Knowle and Polasek did not lose serve, advancing in 63 minutes.

For a place in the final, the Austrian/Slovakian pair will face Dustin Brown and Jonathan Marray. Brown and Marray edged Jonathan Erlich and Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(3), 7-6(6).

The two other quarter-final matches went three sets. Third seeds Daniele Bracciali Oliver Marach topped Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot 7-6(10), 4-6, 10-6, setting a semi-final encounter with Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner. The Germans beat Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8. 

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