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Americans will next meet Spanish team of Carreno Busta/Marrero
The seventh-seeded Bryans advanced 6-3, 4-6, 10/1, setting a second-round clash against Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and David Marrero. Bob and Mike are two-time champions in Indian Wells, having prevailed in both 2013 and 2014. They are seeking an unprecedented 37th title at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.
Joining the twins in Saturday’s winners’ circle are two other former champions in the California desert. Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram captured the doubles title last year and both were victorious to kick off their 2018 campaigns. Klaasen advanced alongside Michael Venus, defeating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 4-6, 6-0, 10/5, while Ram joined forces with Ivan Dodig to rally past Ben McLachlan and Julio Peralta 4-6, 6-3, 10/5.
Meanwhile, 2012 runner-up Sam Querrey (w/Isner) teamed with Gilles Muller to edge Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 5-7, 6-2, 10/4. Third seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic continued their winning ways with a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Steve Johnson and Daniel Nestor. Champions in Doha, Auckland and the Australian Open to kick off the year, the Austrian-Croatian duo improved to 19-2 together in 2018.