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Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah break Western & Southern Open champions Alex de Minaur and Pablo Carreno Busta four times to advance.

Cabal & Farah Begin Quest For Rome Three-Peat

The Colombians are on a 10-match winning streak in Rome

Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah extended their Rome winning streak to 10 matches on Tuesday at the Foro Italico, ousting Western & Southern Open champions Alex de Minaur and Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-3 in 61 minutes. The Colombians are chasing a three-peat at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

Cabal and Farah broke the Australian-Spanish duo four times and won 53 per cent of their return points en route to the second round. They won a higher rate of their second-serve points (71%) than their opponents did first-serve points (60%). The top seeds will next play Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov or Cristian Garin and Guido Pella.

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Local wild cards Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori knocked out second seeds and Nitto ATP Finals qualifiers Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-7. Ram and Salisbury captured the Australian Open title (d. Purcell/Saville) in February and reached the US Open semi-finals.

Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out sixth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 5-7, 6-3, 10-8. Krawietz and Mies recovered from 2-4 down in the first set and from 0/4 to 6/4 in the Match tie-break, but Kontinen and Struff ultimately converted their third match point.

They will now face John Peers and Michael Venus, who came through a 6-3, 7-5 win over Western & Southern Open finalists Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. Meanwhile, Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin defeated Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich 7-6(1), 6-4.

Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Diego Schwartzman battled past Grigor Dimitrov and Daniel Evans 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.