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Bryans Upset In Third Round

Melbourne, Australia

Klaasen, Butorac© Getty ImagesRaven Klaasen and Eric Butorac celebrate their win over the Bryans.

Top seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan made their earliest Australian Open exit in 11 years, falling to Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 7-6(9), 6-4 in third-round action Monday.

Since a third-round loss in 2003, the Bryans had reached the Australian Open final nine times out of 10 years - the lone exception a quarter-final result in 2008 - and won six titles, in 2006-07, ’09-11 and ’13.

This marked the first time since the 2011 US Open that the 35-year-old American twins failed to reach semi-finals or better at a major. Last year, the Bryans finished two wins short of completing the calendar year Grand Slam. They won the first three majors before falling in the US Open semi-finals.

Butorac and Klaasen are making their team’s Grand Slam debut and began the fortnight by beating Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter. The American-South African duo first teamed up last September at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, and won the title.

Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, last year’s Wimbledon finalists and the No. 4 seeds, also bowed out in the third round against No. 14 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Kubot and Lindstedt, who are playing their third tour-level event together, next face the Belarusian-Russian pairing of Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny. Mirnyi and Youzhny beat 11th-seeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The reunited pair of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic also secured their place in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Nestor and Zimonjic are unbeaten in 13 matches as a team, a streak that begin at the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. They won the Apia International Sydney title ahead of the Australian Open.

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