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Robert Farah, foreground, and Juan Sebastian Cabal advance to the quarter-finals at the Sydney International on Tuesday.

Cabal/Farah Start 2019 The Way They Ended 2018

Colombians advance to start their season

Top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah escaped a tight opener at the Sydney International on Tuesday, beating Czech Roman Jebavy and Argentina's Andres Molteni 7-6(5), 6-4.

Cabal/Farah, who reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals on debut, will next meet either Matthew Ebden/Robert Lindstedt or Brits Luke Bambridge/Jonny O'Mara, who fell in the Tata Open Maharashtra doubles final on Sunday.

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Second seeds Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares earned victory No. 1 of their 2019 season, 6-4, 6-4 against Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez and Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.

Murray/Soares will meet Croatian Ivan Dodig and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who dismissed Tata Open Maharashtra champions Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan 6-2, 6-4.

At the ASB Classic, top seeds and defending champions Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic opened their campaigns with a 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-4 victory over Italians Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini in 88 minutes.

Elsewhere, Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Horacio Zeballos 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-7 in one hour and 41 minutes for a place in the second round.