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Klaasen and Paes into Aussie Open second round
- Updated: January 21, 2015
Heineken Open tennis champions Raven Klaasen and Leander Paes are safely through to the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, writes Mark Etheridge.
The in-form South African/Indian combination went through in straight sets against the all-American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram on Wednesday.
Seeded 10th for the year’s first Grand Slam, Klaasen and Paes won 6-4 (7-6 (8) to book their place in the next round.
They wrapped up the first set on Court 20 in just 33 minutes but were pushed a bit harder in the next set, needing 58 minutes to seal the victory.
Five aces went the way of Klaasen and Paes, compared to eight by the unseeded Americans and double faults were shared at two apiece.
They won 84% of their first service points compared to 73% by Lipsky and Ram while they also topped the second service points won statistic (63-57%).
Next up will be the winners of the first round clash between American duo Steven Johnson and Sam Querrey and Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.