Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez began their National Bank Open Presented by Rogers campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Canadians Peter Polansky and Brayden Schnur on Tuesday in Toronto.
The Wimbledon semi-finalists, who have captured three tour-level titles this year in Mallorca, Parma and Santiago, won 81 per cent (21/26) of their first-service points to advance in 71 minutes.
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Bolelli and Gonzalez will next face Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig after the Indian-Croatian tandem defeated Italians Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 27 minutes.
Fifth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo also advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz and #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner. It is just the third tournament of the year for the Polish-Brazilan team. After starting new partnerships at the beginning of the season, Kubot and Melo, who won the Wimbledon title in 2017, reunited at Roland Garros.