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Bryans Open Roland Garros Defence; Nestor/Zimonjic Extend Streak

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Bryans© Getty ImagesThe Bryans open their bid for a third Roland Garros title.

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.

Second seed Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, semi-finalists on their team’s Roland Garros debut last year, advanced to the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin and Lukas Rosol.

The reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions, No. 4 seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, dismissed the French pairing of Tristan Lamasine and Laurent Lokoli 6-4, 6-2.

Sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi worked hard for a win in their opener, prevailing against the Australian-Indian duo of Rameez Junaid and Divij Sharan 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-5.

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.

Eighth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, two-time Roland Garros quarter-finalists, fell to Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea 7-6(5), 6-3.

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