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Mike Bryan and Jack Sock defeat Mackenzie McDonald and Yoshihito Nishioka in 59 minutes to reach the US Open third round on Saturday.

Bryan/Sock Breeze Through To Third Round

Chardy/Martin stun second seeds Kontinen/Peers

Mike Bryan and Jack Sock needed just 59 minutes to keep their hopes of a second straight Grand Slam title alive at the US Open on Saturday.

The Americans hit 32 winners, dropping just four points behind their first serves (27/31), to defeat Mackenzie McDonald and Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 7-5 on Court 17. The Wimbledon champions will meet Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor in the third round. The Libema Open winners recovered from a set down to beat Dusan Lajovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin held their nerve to stun second seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6(3). The Frenchmen won 75 per cent of service points to defeat the Rogers Cup titlists in two hours and 25 minutes.

Chardy and Martin, who reached the Australian Open third round in January, will face Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a place in the quarter-finals. The Indian-French tandem booked their spot in the last 16 on Friday, beating Matthew Ebden and Jackson Withrow 6-4, 6-4.

Ninth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut continued their bid for a second US Open title, beating Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3. The French duo won 91 per cent of first serve points to advance after 67 minutes.

The 2015 champions will face seventh seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo for a quarter-final spot. The seventh seeds overcame Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Western and Southern Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares extended their winning streak to six matches with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof. The 2016 champions have won 10 of their past 11 tour-level encounters.

Cincinnati finalists Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah also continued their strong run of form, moving past Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez 6-4, 7-6(4). The Colombian team will meet Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers in the last 16.

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