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Nestor/Zimonjic, Paes/Stepanek March On At US Open

New York, U.S.A.

Third seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic cruised into the third round of the US Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Colombians Nicolas Barrientos and Santiago Giraldo on Friday.

Nestor, the 2004 champion (w/Knowles), made his US Open debut in 1994 and is appearing in the doubles draw for a 21st straight year. Zimonjic, meanwhile, is making his 16th straight visit to Flushing Meadows. Nestor and Zimonjic achieved their best result together in 2009, when they reached the quarter-finals.

They will next face Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram, who defeated fellow Americans Michael Mmoh and Francis Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4.

Sixth seeds and defending champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek booked a third-round berth after edging Yen-Hsun Lu and Jiri Vesely in a first-set tie-break 7-6(3) 6-3. The Indian-Czech team also reached the final in 2012 (l. to Bryan/Bryan).

Seventh-seeded Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, the reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions, defeated Mate Pavic and Andre Sa 7-6(4), 7-5 to claim their place in the third round.

Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, the No. 12 seeds, had drawn level with Robert Lindstedt and Jurgen Melzer at one set apiece, 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-0, when their opponents retired from the second-round match. Butorac and Klaasen reached the Australian Open final earlier this year (l. to Kubot/Lindstedt).

Poland’s Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, the 2011 US Open finalists, rallied to defeat 16th-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. 

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