ROLAND GARROS 2014
Bryans Open Roland Garros Defence; Nestor/Zimonjic Extend Streak
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened their Roland Garros title defence with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Germans Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas on Wednesday. Emmrich and Kas were finalists last week at the Düsseldorf Open.
The Bryans triumphed at the clay-court major for a second time last year (d. Llodra/Mahut), a decade after claiming their first of 15 Grand Slam titles in Paris.
They are going for their 99th team title overall this fortnight. The 36-year-old American twins captured five straight titles earlier this season, before a loss in the Mutua Madrid Open final.
The in-form duo of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, who snapped their rivals' winning streak in Madrid and defeated the Americans again in the Rome semi-finals, extended theirs to nine straight as they beat Matthew Ebden and Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Nestor and Zimonjic are also undefeated in seven straight matches at Roland Garros. They won the title on their team's last appearance in Paris, four years ago (d. Dlouhy/Paes).
Returning finalist and fifth seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Josselin Ouanna 6-4, 6-1 in their first-round match. Llodra is making his 15th and final appearance at Roland Garros, and was honoured on court Tuesday following his singles defeat.
Ninth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt, this year’s Australian Open champions, also needed three sets to get by Australians Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Meanwhile, Melbourne runners-up and No. 14 seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen closed out a 7-6(3), 6-1 win over Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey.