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Bryan/Bryan still to play on Wednesday
Eighth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau battled hard on Wednesday to reach the second round of the Australian Open. The Dutch-Romanian duo, playing its seventh season together, defeated Dominic Inglot and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in one hour and 36 minutes.
Rojer and Qureshi have history together, qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals as a team in 2012 and 2013. But it was Rojer and Tecau who showed their chemistry under pressure against Inglot and Qureshi, who were competing in just their second tournament as a tandem.
There was a big upset on the first day of doubles action, as Kazakhs Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin defeated 2019 Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3, 7-6(7). Krawietz and Mies are now 1-4 on the season after going 1-2 at the ATP Cup and losing in the first round of the Adelaide International. All four of their losses this year have come in straight sets.
Sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, who won an ATP Masters 1000 title together in Montreal last year, faced few difficulties in a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald. Granollers and Zeballos have proven dangerous at the Grand Slam-level, making the championship match at last year’s US Open.