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Bob Bryan, left, and Mike Bryan knock out Madrid champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau on Tuesday in Rome.

Bryans Knock Out Reigning Madrid Champs In Rome

Americans seeking their fifth Rome title

Seventh seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan beat Mutua Madrid Open champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 7-6(4) on Tuesday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

The Bryans, four-time champions at the Foro Italico, won 85 per cent of their first-serve points and saved all four break points faced to win their first Rome match together since the 2017 semi-finals (l. to Herbert/Mahut).

The twin brothers will meet Karen Khachanov/Marc Lopez, who beat Pablo Cuevas/Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6(3), 13-11.

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Austrians Jurgen Melzer/Dominic Thiem set up a second-round showdown with top seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo by beating Italian wild cards Filippo Baldi/Andrea Pellegrino 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Spain's Fernando Verdasco knocked out Madrid semi-finalists Wesley Koolhof/Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, and will next face fifth seeds Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic.

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