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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares advance to the second round at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

Murray/Soares Make Rapid Start At Roland Garros

Defending champions Herbert/Mahut bow out in Paris

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares powered to a convincing opening win Wednesday at Roland Garros as the 10th seeds completed a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Jonathan Erlich and Lloyd Harris.

The British-Brazilian pair was ruthless in the first-round clash, dropping just one point behind first serve on its way to a 59-minute victory against Erlich and Harris. Murray and Soares are two-time Grand Slam champions but have never been past the quarter-finals in five appearances at the clay-court major in Paris.

However, defending champions Pierre Hugues-Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were not as fortunate. Belgian duo Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen upset the defending champions 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. Gille and Vliegen arrived in Paris having won just one of their past 10 tour-level matches.

Top seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury made a serene start to their title bid as they eased to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Marcos Giron and Soonwoo Kwon.

The No. 2 and No. 1-ranked players in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings, Ram and Salisbury are seeking their third Grand Slam title together. They have enjoyed success on the clay already this year, claiming their maiden title on the surface at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April.

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On a day of strong displays from seeded pairings in the French capital, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos also opened their campaign with a 7-5, 6-2 win over French wild-card pairing Constant Lestienne and Ugo Humbert. Fourth seeds Granollers and Zeballos have won four ATP Masters 1000 titles together since 2019, but the Spanish-Argentine pairing is still chasing a maiden Grand Slam crown.

Seventh seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus also advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over James Duckworth and Ilya Ivashka. Two-time champions and ninth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies were downed 6-4, 6-2 by Harri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool.

Elsewhere, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alexander Bublik teamed up to oust Kamil Majchrzak and Nathaniel Lammons, 7-5, 7-6(5). While known for their prowess on the singles court, both Kokkinakis and Bulblik have enjoyed doubles success at Grand Slams before. Kokkinakis lifted the Australian Open title in January with fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios, while Bublik reached the championship match at Roland Garros in 2021 alongside Andrey Golubev.