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World No. 1 duo Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot looks to secure a second ATP World Tour title of 2018 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Kubot/Melo Through In Rotterdam

World No. 1 team advances after one-hour, 32-minute first-round win

Lukas Kubot and Marcelo Melo safely made their way through to the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam after beating Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 7-6(2), 7-5.

Kubot and Melo struggled on serve in the early stages, but, ultimately, proved too much for Klaasen and Venus in the important moments saving five out of six break points. The Polish-Brazilian duo now awaits the winners of Tuesday’s first-round encounter as Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram take on brothers Mischa Zverev and Alexander Zverev.

Damir Dzumhur and Filip Krajinovic also scored an opening-round win, defeating Andrey Rublev and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-3 in 54 minutes. The duo, competing for the first time together at tour-level, hit eight aces en route to victory.

Did You Know?
Kubot and Melo have won nine ATP World Tour doubles titles as a team, but neither has advanced beyond the quarter-finals in their careers at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

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