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Bryans, Granollers/Lopez Move On; Qureshi/Rojer Fall

Doubles 2013

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan battled back to defeat Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3 in the third round of the Australian Open on Sunday. The Bryans are through to the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the 10th year in a row.

At 3-3 in the third set, the American twins converted a crucial break to take the lead. They overcame 59 winners from the French/Polish duo to prevail in two hours and 48 minutes. The Bryans are seeking their sixth Melbourne crown and an all-time record 13th major team title. For a place in the semi-finals, the Camarillo, Calif. natives face Daniele Bracciali and Lukas Dlouhy.

Bracciali and Dlouhy topped Sergiy Stakhovsky and Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(3), 1-6, 7-6(4). The Italian/Czech pair won eight fewer points than Stakhovsky and Youzhny but went on to take the third-round contest in two hours and 20 minutes.

Third seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez beat Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley 6-2, 7-5 in 87 minutes. The reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions saved five of the six break points they faced against Butorac and Hanley. Up next for Granollers and Lopez are Thomaz Bellucci and Benoit Paire.

The Brazilian/French tandem rallied to edge sixth-seeded Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5). Bellucci and Paire both advanced to their first Grand Slam doubles quarter-final. 

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