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Dustin Brown, left, and Tim Puetz dismiss the reigning Roland Garros champions in straight sets on Tuesday in Halle.

Brown/Puetz Upset Reigning Roland Garros Champions

McLachlan/Struff, Goffin/Herbert advance

German wild cards Dustin Brown/Tim Puetz knocked out reigning Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies on Tuesday at the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle.

Brown/Puetz saved four of five break points to advance 6-4, 7-5 and reach the quarter-finals at the ATP 500 event. Krawietz/Mies, the fourth seeds, were playing their first match since winning the season's second Grand Slam. In Paris, the Germans were playing in just their second major together.

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They won their maiden ATP Tour doubles team title in February at the New York Open. Brown/Puetz will next meet Ben McLachlan/Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat Matthew Ebden/Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4.

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In other action, third seeds Nikola Mektic/Franko Skugor won 83 per cent of their first-serve points and beat Robin Haase/Frederik Nielsen 6-3, 6-3; David Goffin/Pierre-Hugues Herbert routed Guido Pella/Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-3; and Austrians Oliver Marach/Jurgen Melzer squeaked past Marcelo Demoliner/Divij Sharan 7-5, 7-6(5).

Rain washed out all singles and doubles play on Tuesday at the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

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In four sets of singles and doubles play on Tuesday, Goffin won 24 of the 30 games he played against Pella. The Belgian defeated the Argentine 6-1, 6-1 in singles.

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