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Peers/Polasek, Krajinovic/Martin also advance
On a rainy Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open, fifth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau advanced to the second round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory against Argentines Federico Delbonis and Diego Schwartzman.
The German-Romanian duo won 86 per cent of their first-serve points and earned three service breaks to advance after one hour and 15 minutes. They will next play Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Fabio Fognini of Italy for a spot in the quarter-finals.
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Krawietz and Tecau teamed this year once Krawietz’s usual partner, Andreas Mies, underwent knee surgery early in the season. Krawietz and Tecau are seventh in the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings as they try to secure a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held in Turin from 14-21 November.
In other action, sixth seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek beat Matwe Middelkoop and Luke Saville 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 10-6 and Filip Krajinovic and Fabrice Martin ousted Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig 1-6, 6-4, 10-7.