Some good solid tennis from both ends of the net -and it's the unseeded Spanish pair of Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carrena Busta who oust Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor, third seeds in China, from the tournament.
Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta beat Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor 7-6, 6-4.
Into the net it goes - and that's the end of the match!
Nestor and Bopanna aren't backing down just yet! from 0-40, scores are now at 30-40!
Some beautiful winners off the racquet of Nadal and the crowd are absolutely loving it! It's now the third match point for Nadal and Carreno Busta.
A spinning hold from Carreno Busta goes careening into the net and gives Bopanna and Nestor the game!
Hawk-eye is active today! Bopanna and Nestor are looking for game point here in the second set and they're about to hold to love!
Time for some Led Zeppelin, perhaps? Communication Breakdown!
Oops! A near-collision for Bopanna and Nestor right there. They narrowly avoid hitting each other.
That's a game held to love for Bopanna and Nestor. Crowd support looks to be firmly with Nadal on this one, though the actual match is nowhere near as one-sided!
Nadal and Carenno Busta hold serve to build on their break and take a 2-1 lead. Time for a fight back from the third seeds!
A quick forehand volley bisecting Busta and Nadal ends that rally - and gives Bopanna and Nestor the point!
Bopanna and Nestor are broken back - but that's a brilliant rally from everyone nevertheless, finished off in emphatic fashion by the Indian ace.
And that's the first break of the match so far! Great shot from Nestor and the Indo-Canadian pair lead in the second set.
Carreno Busta and Nadal on serve in the second set - and scores are tied at 30-30. It's been a good contest so far!
Fun fact - Nadal may meet young Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the quarter-finals of the China Open barring any upsets - the same Lucas Pouille who ousted him from the US Open this year!
First set to Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta on the tiebreak, 7-6
Rohan Bopanna's not cowing down, either! He's running across court quickly and his sharp reflexes combat a shot off Carreno Busta to take the point! They're trailing 3-6 to the Spanish pair, however.
That was a terrific forehand volley from Pablo Carreno Busta! Placement, speed all perfectly controlled to give the Spaniards a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak.
Back up a mini-break are the Spanish pair; a couple of well placed shots give them a 3-2 lead!
A mishit from Rohan Bopanna there goes very long to give the Spanish pair a 2-0 lead as they go up a mini-break of serve - but he manages to break them right back! It's 2-1 to Nadal and Carreno Busta in the tiebreak.
Nadal slices and then returns to Bopanna with a shot that was ON THE LINE, as a certain John McEnroe would say. An accurate backhand that you really couldn't teach.
The Spanish pair keep the fight alive! Scores are level at 5-5 after deciding and game point is taken by Nadal and Carreno Busta.
Vamos! shout Nadal fans - and it's now 40-40 and deciding point!
A schoolboy error from Daniel Nestor sees the 11-time ATP title winner net a shot he would not otherwise have, bringing the scores to 30-30.
Nadal and Carreno Busta will now serve to stay in the first set.
Nadal and his teammate lose that challenge - but in all fairness, that shot was just inside the line.
A quick serve from Rohan Bopanna and he and Nestor hold a service game to love! They lead 5-4 ... but Carreno Busta challenges.
This game is moving along nicely. A good robust contest from both sides - and Carreno Busta is seen signaling behind his back to Nadal. They hold that service game with a great volley from Nadal - so it's worked!
It's like Grand Slams all over again. "Rafa, Rafa," crowds clamour. And indeed, it's Rafa who is serving.
Pablo Carreno Busta, take a bow! A rapid rally ends swiftly with some brilliant shot placement from the Spaniard. What an angle!
Can you call that an acute-ly good performance?
Rafa Nadal is a football fan. It's not really a secret. But here, fans are being treated to a great display of footwork from the Spanish star! Hala Madrid?
This is Nadal's first tournament since the US Open this year, where he lost to Lucas Pouille.
A beautiful rally between the two pairs just then. Bopanna hits. Travels to Nadal, who smashes it right back, from Nestor to Carreno Busta with thatperfectly aimed drop shot!
Some strong serves form Carreno Busta -very quick, too. Now, the Spanish duo have taken three successive break points against Bopanna and Nestor in Game 3!
And it's break point for Nadal and Carreno Busta - he's unable to find a very quick shot off Nestor's racquet!
And that's a first service game easily held for Bopanna and Nestor. 1-0 to the Indo-Canadian pair
Bopanna and Nestor have won the toss and elected to serve - they'll begin proceedings here today!
Morocco's Mohamed El Jennati will be officiating today's match, played on the Lotus Court.
Nestor is currently at 14th on the ATP doubles standings.
The combined age of the Indo-Canadian team is a whopping 80 years! Nestor, one of the most decorated doubles players, is a former World No. 1
Players are coming out onto court and there are Spanish flags all around!
Nadal,considered one of the greatest singles players of all time, does not often play the doubles - but recently won gold at the doubles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, partnered by the Grand Slam winning Marc Lopez.
Now, Bopanna has come together with Canadian Grand Slam winner Daniel Nestor, who has been successful in both men's and mixed doubles.
Since splitting with his partner of over a year, Florin Mergea, Bopanna has played with a few different partners, most recently pairing with compatriot Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan for the Chengdu Open.
India's top-ranked doubles player, Bopanna is currently at 18th on the ATP Doubles rankings.