Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski Open Rotterdam Campaign With Victory | ATP Tour

Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in action on Day 1 in Rotterdam.

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Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski began their bid for a third tour-level title of the season together with victory on Monday at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

The fourth seeds edged Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 in one hour and 45 minutes to reach the second round in Rotterdam.

Koolhof and Skupski had not teamed prior to this year, but have flourished together so far, clinching tour-level trophies at the Melbourne Summer Set and Adelaide International 2 in January.

In a hard-fought performance against Khachanov and Rublev, the Dutch-British tandem struck five aces and broke twice to move to 12-1 on the season. They will next face either Andrey Golubev and Edouard Roger-Vasselin or Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov.

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Lloyd Harris and Tim Puetz also moved through at the ATP 500 tournament, downing Tallon Griekspoor and Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 7-6(3).

Harris and Puetz are teaming for the first time this week and will next meet second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo or ATP singles stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz.

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