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Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in action on Day 1 in Rotterdam.

Koolhof/Skupski Open Rotterdam Campaign With Victory

Isner/Sock advance in Dallas, Carballes Baena/Munar win in Buenos Aires

Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski began their bid for a third tour-level title of the season together with victory on Monday at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

The fourth seeds edged Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 in one hour and 45 minutes to reach the second round in Rotterdam.

Koolhof and Skupski had not teamed prior to this year, but have flourished together since joining forces, clinching tour-level trophies at the Melbourne Summer Set and Adelaide International 2 in January.

In a hard-fought performance against Khachanov and Rublev, the Dutch-British tandem struck five aces and broke twice to move to 12-1 on the season. They will next face either Andrey Golubev and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov.

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Lloyd Harris and Tim Puetz also moved through at the ATP 500 tournament, downing Tallon Griekspoor and Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 7-6(3).

Harris and Puetz are teaming for the first time this week and will next meet second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo or ATP singles stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz.

Isner/Sock Triumph In Dallas
Dallas resident John Isner and fellow American Jack Sock moved into the second round of the Dallas Open on Monday evening when they defeated third seeds Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-6(3), 6-4.

Isner and Sock have won two ATP Masters 1000 titles together, at the 2016 Rolex Shanghai Masters and the 2018 BNP Paribas Open.

Also advancing in the doubles draw were Germans Peter Gojowczyk and Oscar Otte, who clawed past German Daniel Altmaier and Italian Andreas Seppi 6-0, 5-7, 11-9.

Carballes Baena/Munar Move On In Buenos Aires
Roberto Carballes Baena and Jaume Munar continued their good form by advancing to the second round at the Argentina Open, defeating Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez 2-6, 7-5, 10-4.

The Spaniards enjoyed a run to the semi-finals in Cordoba last week and set the wheels in motion for another deep run in Buenos Aires by breaking three times to advance after 90 minutes.

Second seeds Fabio Fognini/Horacio Zeballos and third seeds Ariel Behar/Gonzalo Escobar also moved on. Fognini and Zeballos ousted Brazilians Orlando Luz and Thiago Monteiro 7-6(4), 7-5, while Behar and Escobar cruised past Marco Cecchinato and Carlos Taberner 6-2, 6-0.