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Benneteau, Roger-Vasselin Advance In Eastbourne

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Benneteau© Getty ImagesJulien Benneateau will be bidding to reach his third Aegon International quarter-final against Gilles Simon.

Two Frenchmen, who teamed up to win their first Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros two weeks ago, both advanced to the Aegon International second round on Tuesday.

Julien Benneteau hit eight aces to avenge his loss to Yen-Hsun Lu in the 2012 Eastbourne first round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at Devonshire Park. Benneteau is a two-time quarter-finalist at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament, having fallen in the last eight in 2010 (l. to Garcia-Lopez) and 2011 (l. to Kunitsyn). He will now play his French compatriot Gilles Simon, who finished runner-up last year (l. to Lopez).

Benneteau's doubles partner, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, lost eight of his first service points to beat qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4. He will now face Jarkko Nieminen, who notched his first win in four visits to the south coast of England by beating seventh seed Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 in one hour and 42 minutes.

American Donald Young, making his first appearance since reaching the Roland Garros third round, began his grass-court campaign by defeating British wild card James Ward 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes. Young recorded his 10th match win of the season and will go for his 50th overall when he plays Martin Klizan in the second round.

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Peya/Soares Start Bid To Retain Doubles Crown
Top seeds and defending champions Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares started their bid for a second straight ATP World Tour doubles trophy with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mikhail Kukushkin and Yen-Hsun Lu in 64 minutes. Peya and Soares picked up their ninth team title at the Aegon Championships (d. J. Murray-Peers) on Sunday.

Two British duos won their opening matches. Ross Hutchins, Tournament Director last week at the Aegon Championships, returned to the court with Colin Fleming and defeated fourth seeds Julian Knowle and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-4. Knowle had won the Halle doubles title Sunday with Andre Begemann.

Brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski also advanced to the quarter-finals as they posted a 6-4, 7-6(1) win over Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Chris Guccione.

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