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Third seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies were made to dig deep at the BMW Open by American Express in Munich on Wednesday, but the German duo came good to clinch a 6-4, 6-7(8), 10-6 win over Hans Hach Verdugo and Philipp Oswald.

On a day when singles favourite Alexander Zverev was upset by Holger Rune at the ATP 250 event, Krawietz and Mies gave the home fans something to cheer about as the third seeds recovered from the disappointment of losing a second set tie-break to book a second-round meeting with Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

Krawietz and Mies won their first tour-level title since Roland Garros in 2020 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Sunday, and they will seek to extend their good form by bettering their quarter-final run from their only previous appearance in Munich in 2019. Krawietz is defending the title he won in 2021 with Wesley Koolhof at the ATP 250 event, with Mies missing most of last year due to knee surgery.

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A busy day of doubles action in Bavaria also saw Andrey Golubev and Fabrice Martin upset top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic with a 6-4, 7-5 victory, leaving 2021 year-end No. 1 doubles team Mektic and Pavic still hunting a first title in 2022. Golubev and Martin will next face Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov, after the 2021 Belgrade champions eased past Julio Peralta and Franko Skugor, 6-3, 6-2.

Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop also got their Munich campaign off to a solid start, with the fourth seeds running out 6-1, 6-4 winners over German wild cards Philipp Kohlschreiber and Max Hans Rehberg.

Murray/Venus Survive Scare In Estoril
At the Millennium Estoril Open, top seeds Jamie Murray and Michael Venus looked to have lost their momentum after Robin Haase and Lukasz Kubot broke twice to storm to the second set in their first-round match. The top-seeded British-New Zealand pairing bounced back in style, however, clinching the Match Tie-break after surging to an unassailable 5-0 lead as they completed a 7-5, 2-6, 10-5 win.

Portuguese wild cards Nuno Borges and Francisco Cabral channelled home support to pull off a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 upset of third seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek, while Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi also enjoyed Match Tie-break success in a 6-2, 3-6, 10-4 win over Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic.

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