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Bryans Begin Quest For 100th Title; Paes/Stepanek Open Defence

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Stepanek/Paes© Getty ImagesRadek Stepanek and Leander Paes make a winning start to their title defence.

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan began their quest for their team's 100th title with a 6-2, 6-3 rout of Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday at the US Open.

The 36-year-old twins won their first title since April two weeks ago in Cincinnati with victory over the undefeated tandem of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, avenging their loss in the Wimbledon final.

The Bryans are four-time champions at Flushing Meadows, lifting the trophy in 2005, '08, '10 and '12. They fell to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the semi-finals last year.

Paes and Stepanek, the defending champions, made a strong start to their US Open bid, defeating Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 7-6(5), 6-2.

The sixth seeds won their second Grand Slam championship together last year when they defeated Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final. They will continue their campaign against Yen-Hsun Lu and Jiri Vesely, who came from a set down to beat Matthew Ebden and Ivo Karlovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-4.

Roland Garros champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin suffered a first-round loss as they were beaten 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(6) by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald.

Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, the No. 11 seeds, rallied for a 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4 win over Australians Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic. The Spaniards reached the semi-finals two years ago at the US Open.

Former finalists Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski dismissed Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round. The ‘Polish Power’ finished runners-up at Flushing Meadows in 2011 in their lone Grand Slam final.

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