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Roland Garros champions Herbert/Mahut forced to retire
The American-British team, who lifted the Australian Open trophy last year, won 28 of 29 their first-service points to reach the third round in 65 minutes.
The reigning champions, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, also advanced to the third round at SW19, as they defeated Brazilians Rafael Matos and Thiago Monteiro 6-2, 7-6(5). The third seeds hit five aces and broke twice to set up a meeting with Australians Max Purcell and Luke Saville.
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There wasn’t such success for seven seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares though, after they were edged out 6-7(3) 6-3, 6-2 by Andrey Golubev and Robin Haase who hit 13 winners. They will next met Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez.
One contest went to a Match Tie-break, with Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic saving a match point as they fought past 15th seeds Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald 6-3, 1-6, 13-12(6) to advance in two hours and 58 minutes.
Elsewhere, Roland Garros champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut bowed out against fellow Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. The second seeds, who won Wimbledon in 2016, were trailing 6-4 when Herbert decided he could not continue due to injury.
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