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Third seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot beat Ben McLachlan and Kei Nishikori on Tuesday in Rotterdam.

Koolhof/Kubot Advance In Rotterdam Doubles; Mektic/Pavic Keep Winning

Paris champions Felix and Hurkacz eliminated

Third seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot recovered from a slow start to overcome all-Japanese team Ben McLachlan and Kei Nishikori 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 on Tuesday at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Koolhof and Kubot, who recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the first set, improved to a 4-2 record on the 2021 season and now play Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the Rotterdam second round.

Later on day two, second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic recorded their 13th win in 14 matches this year by beating Dutch wild cards Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop 6-2, 7-6(3). Mektic and Pavic’s 12-match winning streak, including back-to-back ATP Tour titles at the Antalya Open (d. Dodig/Polasek) and the Murray River Open (d. Chardy/Martin), came to an end last month in the Australian Open semi-finals (l. to Dodig/Polasek).

They will next challenge Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Jan-Lennard Struff, who scraped past Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz 6-7(5) 6-3, 10-8.

Second Seeds Upset In Buenos Aires
The second seeds were eliminated at the Argentina Open on Tuesday when Andre Goransson and Thiago Monteiro beat Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez. The third seeds had better fortune in Buenos Aires, as Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez ousted wild cards Facundo Diaz Acosta and Thiago Agustin Tirante 7-6(5), 6-1.

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