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Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson defeat Ricardas Berankis and Benoit Paire on Sunday at the US Open.

Johnson/Querrey Reach US Open QF

Krawietz/Tecau advance

Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey’s strong run at the US Open continued Sunday as the Americans overcame Ricardas Berankis and Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

The unseeded pair enjoyed a run to the semi-finals as a team in New York in 2015 and moved to within one victory of matching that this year as they won 88 per cent (29/33) of their first-serve points to advance after 58 minutes.

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They will next face Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau after the sixth seeds continued their bid to claim their second tour-level title as a team with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory against Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni.

The German-Romanian team lifted the trophy in Halle in June and saved all five break points they faced against Gonzalez and Molteni to secure their victory in one hour and 48 minutes.

Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell also advanced into the last eight as they defeated Americans Evan King and Hunter Reese 6-4, 6-4, while Dominik Koepfer and Emil Ruusuvuori reached the third round as they received a walkover from Neal Skupski and Jack Sock.