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Bryans Extend Winning Streak, Reach Monte-Carlo QFs

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Bryans© Getty ImagesBob and Mike Bryan extended their winning streak to 18 matches on Wednesday.

Three-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened their campaigns at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Wednesday afternoon.

The American twins, who lifted their 97th team crown at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston on Saturday, overcame Czechs Lukas Rosol and Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6(5) in 81 minutes. It was their 18th straight match win, which represents the second longest winning streak of their careers. They lost just six of their first service points.

The Bryans are now 23-6 at the Monte-Carlo Country Club and are looking to lift their 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy this week. The duo will next play Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who have a 1-4 record in finals this year, or eighth seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

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Third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo ground out a 6-2, 6-7(3), 13-11 victory over French wild card Jeremy Chardy and Gilles Simon in 79 minutes. They will next meet Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the quarter-finals

Bopanna and Qureshi converted five of their nine break point opportunities to beat seventh seeds and this year’s Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes. ‘The Indo-Pak Express’ won their fifth ATP World Tour team title in February at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

In first round action, Monegasque wild cards Romain Arneodo and Benjamin Balleret delighted local fans when they knocked out Sunday’s Grand Prix Hassan II titlists, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 in 68 minutes.

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