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Bryans Begin Wimbledon Title Defence

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Bryan Brothers© Getty ImagesBob Bryan and Mike Bryan have claimed the Wimbledon title in three previous editions of the Championships.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened the defence of the Wimbledon doubles crown with a four-set win against Australians Matthew Ebden and Samuel Groth on Friday at the All-England Club.

The three-time champions (2013, ’11, ’06) dropped the opening set before securing the 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2 victory in two hours and two minutes.

The American twins, who claimed the 2013 title over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Dutchman Igor Sijsling in the next round.

In second-round action, third seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic continued their bid for a third Wimbledon title by claiming a victory over Germans Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Canadian-Serbian pair, who reunited at the beginning of the season after a three-year separation, lifted back-to-back trophies at the grass-court major in 2008 and '09.

Fourth seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, this year’s Roland Garros champions, dispatched Andre Begemann and Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 32 minutes. The Frenchmen will meet 13th-seeded team of Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, a 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4 winner over Czechs Jaroslav Levinsky and Jiri Vesely.

A match of home favourites played out Court 2 as Great Britain’s Jamie Murray partnered with Australian John Peers to defeat Murray’s countryman, Jamie Delgado, and his teammate, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. The 6-3, 7-6(7), 6-3 battle ended the 23rd consecutive Wimbledon campaign for Delgado, a record-setting milestone for the 37 year old.

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