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Cermak/Mertinak Upset Second Seeds In Auckland; Bryans Open Sydney Campaign

Doubles 2013

Bryans© SMP ImagesTwo-time Sydney winners Mike and Bob Bryan opened their campaign Tuesday.

Second seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky were toppled in their Heineken Open first-round match on Tuesday, losing to Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak 6-2, 3-6, 13-11.

Cermak and Mertinak converted three of four break points on Gonzalez/Lipsky's serve. The Czech/Slovak team has won seven ATP World Tour doubles titles together, including Moscow's Kremlin Cup last October.

In the quarter-finals, Cermak/Mertinak face off against Xavier Malisse and Frank Moser, who dispatched Jonathan Marray and Andre Sa 7-6(5), 6-4.

Mertinak's countryman Martin Klizan also had success on the doubles court in Auckland, with partner Victor Hanescu. The duo defeated Great Britain's Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski 6-2, 6-2 in 49 minutes.

Hanescu/Klizan take on third seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek in the quarter-finals, after the Austrian/Slovak team defeated Thomaz Bellucci and Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4.

Unseeded team Jerzy Janowicz and Albert Ramos showed fourth seeds Daniele Bracciali and Oliver Marach the exit, winning 6-3, 6-4.

Two-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan saved two match points to win their opening match at the Apia International Sydney on Tuesday, rallying from 9-7 down in the Match Tie-break to defeat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 in 78 minutes.

The American twins won this ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the second time last year (d. Ebden/Nieminen), having lifted the trophy for the first time in 2009 (d. Nestor/Zimonjic). They have a 22-7 event record.

Fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau spent less than an hour on court in their 6-1, 6-4 win against Christopher Kas and Andreas Seppi.

Spanish third seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez also made quick work of Rohan Bopanna and Marcelo Melo with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Second seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek had a more difficult time against French duo Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Gilles Simon. The duo, who won three tour-level doubles titles last year, including the Australian Open, triumphed 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco squeezed out a 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-5 win against Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer.

Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra booked a place in the final eight with a 7-6(3), 6-3 win over Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic. The French team have won two ATP World Tour doubles titles together, the most recent at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Canada.

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