Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo picked up their first victory since the Australian Open on Saturday in Miami. The Croatian/Brazilian duo won six ATP Tour titles from 2013 to 2016 and are currently playing their sixth team event this season.
They opened their campaign at the Miami Open presented by Itau with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Belgium’s Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, saving four out of five break points in the competition. The duo lost serve to sudden death in the very first game but held on the rest of the way to advance to the second round.
The other four break points all came in the opener of the second set, when they escaped at 0/40 to get on the board before breaking in love in the following game. It was part of a streak of 10 straight points that put Dodig and Melo on course for a straightforward second set.
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They next face Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, who beat fourth seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.
The tournament’s second and third seeds started their respective campaigns with a pair of straight-set wins. Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury defeated Lloyd Glasspool and Michael Venus, 7-5, 6-4, while Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos were 6-2, 6-2 winners against Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan.
The only other seeded duo in action, eighth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Fabrice Martin, were eliminated by Edouard Roger-Vasselion and Austin Krajicek, 6-3, 6-4.
At the end of Saturday’s game, the round of 16 will be played in Miami.