Chennai Open: Leander Paes-Marcel Granollers make winning start

Chennai: Second seeds Leander Paes and Marcel Granollers made a smooth start in the Aircel Chennai Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Taro Daniel and John Millman in the men's doubles first round here yesterday.

The Indo-Spanish combine of Paes and Granollers took little less than an hour to get past the last minute pairing of Daniel and Millman, who teamed up following the sudden withdrawal of Stanislas Wawrinka and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez from the men's doubles draw.

Leander Paes
Leander Paes. Pic/ PTI

Paes and Granollers were expected to have it easy against the singles specialists but Daniel and Millman made them work hard.

Daniel, an American-born Japanese, and Millman of Australia broke their opponents' serve in the first game of the match before Paes and Granollers came back to lead 4-1.

There were no further hiccups for the seasoned duo in the first set.

The second set was fought more closely with both teams tied at 3-3. Paes fired an ace to win a tightly contested seventh game before they broke Daniels and Millman to make it 5-3. Granollers held his serve comfortably to settle the issue.

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