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Hutchins Registers Signature Win In Comeback

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Fleming, Hutchins© Getty ImagesColin Fleming and Ross Hutchins advanced to the second round after ousting Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer.

British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins advanced to the second round at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday with a tight 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-8 victory over the red-hot tandem of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Fleming and Hutchins overcame ten aces and rallied from an early deficit to defeat Rojer and Tecau, winners in Zagreb and runners-up in Rotterdam last month. For Hutchins, it was his second victory on the ATP World Tour in his comeback campaign after battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

On Wednesday, Hutchins was appointed the new Tournament Director of the Aegon Championships, the prestigious grass court event at The Queen's Club in London.

Hutchins Named Queen's Club Tournament Director

Hutchins and Fleming will next face third-seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the second round.

In other action, No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares backed up their impressive victory over Australian Open finalists Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen with a straight-sets win over the all-British team of Andy Murray and Jonathan Marray. The Austrian-Brazilian duo, triumphant in five tournaments in 2013, prevailed 7-6(1), 6-3.

Leander Paes, Indian Wells doubles champion in 2007 with Martin Damm, partnered with Radek Stepanek for a 7-6(6), 3-6, 10-5 win over Jerzy Janowicz and Philipp Kohlschreiber. The No. 4 seeds will duel with wild cards Jonathan Erlich and Richard Gasquet in the second round as they seek to collect their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown together. They previously prevailed in both Miami and Shanghai in 2012.

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