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Top Seeds Win Brisbane Doubles Opener

Doubles 2013

Doubles© Getty ImagesTop seeds Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley defeated Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione.

Top seeds Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley opened their Brisbane International campaign with a 6-4, 7-6(0) victory over Australian wild cards Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday. The American/Australian pairing fired nine aces and saved four of the five break points they faced in the 73-minute contest.

Butorac and Hanley are playing their eighth tournament together. They were runners-up at the Thailand Open in Bangkok in the 2012 season (l. to Lu/Udomchoke). The 35-year-old Hanley is a former champion in Brisbane, lifting the trophy with Lukas Dlouhy in 2011 (d. Lindstedt/Tecau).

First-time pairing Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori upset fourth seeds Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-7. They won seven points fewer than their opponents but converted one of their seven break points to claim victory. 

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