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Anderson/Erlich Upset Defending Champions

Doubles 2013

Mirnyi, Tecau© Getty ImagesMax Mirnyi and Horia Tecau, a new team for 2013, won on Thursday.

Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich sensationally beat defending champions and second seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek on Thursday in the Australian Open first round.

Anderson and Erlich hit five aces, won 77 per cent of their first service points and converted four of their seven break point opportunities to beat the Indian-Czech team 6-3, 7-5 in 89 minutes.

In last year’s final, Paes and Stepanek beat Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Erlich partnered Andy Ram to the 2008 title (d. Clement-Llodra).

Fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau required two hours and 10 minutes to beat Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-3. Mirnyi reached the 2007 final with Jonas Bjorkman.

“Polish Power”, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, the No. 8 seeds, experienced a first round exit. Australians John Peers and John-Patrick Smith converted three of their 10 break point opportunities to win 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1 in one hour and 32 minutes.

Ninth seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, who are competing together for the first time in Melbourne, overcame Jurgen Melzer and Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-2. Soares won last week’s Heineken Open doubles title with Colin Fleming.

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