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Mektic and Pavic drop just four games in their win
Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop battled through a nail-biting Match Tie-break on Sunday evening to defeat South African Raven Klaasen and Japan’s Ben McLachlan 6-2, 0-6, 11-9 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.
It will not get easier for the unseeded duo, which will next play top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who have won nine titles together this year. The Croatians eliminated Americans Mackenzie McDonald and Brandon Nakashima 6-2, 6-2.
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Koolhof and Rojer will next face Australian John Peers and Slovakian Filip Polasek, who also came through a tight encounter Sunday. The seventh seeds outlasted Uruguayan Ariel Behar and Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar 7-5, 6-7(1), 10-7 in just under two hours.