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Bryans Begin Cincinnati Title Defence

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

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Top seeds and Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan opened their defence of the Western & Southern Open trophy with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph against Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen on Thursday.

The American twins, four-time champions in Cincinnati (2003, ’08, ’10, ’13), face Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the quarter-finals. The Dutch-Romanian pair has claimed five ATP World Tour titles, all in 2014.

Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares also advanced with a 7-6(3), 7-6(6) performance over Marin Cilic and Santiago Gonzalez. Last week, the No. 3 tandem in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings topped Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in Toronto to retain the Rogers Cup trophy.

Wild cards Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey upset reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4), 6-4 in their second-round encounter. The Americans, who finished runners-up to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock at the BB&T Atlanta Open last month, will battle Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski for a berth in the semi-finals.

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