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Bryans Untroubled In Opener; Granollers/Lopez Survive Scare

Doubles 2013

Spaniards© Getty ImagesMarc Lopez and Marcel Granollers were relieved to win their first-round match in a third-set tie-break.

Top seeds and five-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday in Melbourne, defeating Oliver Marach and Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 6-3.

The American twins, who lifted the trophy in 2006-07 and 2009-11, improved to a 52-8 event record. They broke serve once in each set as they clinched their fifth successive win, having come into Melbourne on the back of victory at the Apia International Sydney (d. Mirnyi/Tecau).

Third-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez survived a scare as they edged Germans Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7) in just over two hours. The Spaniards, who closed 2012 with victory at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, are bidding to win their first major title.

Fifth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor made their team debut at the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The 40-year-old Nestor won the title in Melbourne 11 years ago with Mark Knowles, while Bhupathi, 38, was runner-up in 1999, 2009 and 2011.

Another new pairing, Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic were granted a place in the second round when their french opponents, Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut, were forced to retire with the match split at one-set-all, 3-6, 7-5.

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Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, the No. 6 seeds, cruised into the second round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over David Goffin and Simon Stadler. The Pakistani/Dutch duo converted four of their six break points for victory in 57 minutes.

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