New Zealander Michael Venus has progressed to the quarter finals of the ASB Classic doubles.

Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic beat Australian Chris Guccione and Andre Sa 6-4 6-2 on court two.

Guccione and Sa are both experienced doubles exponents and it was a tough battle, in front of a enthusiastic crowd.

As usual in doubles, the match came down to small margins; Venus and Pavic took their chances, grabbing a break in the first set and two in the second.

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In contrast their opponents couldn't convert any of their five break point opportunities, with Venus and Pavic showing great composure during their service games.

The result was a reversal of their last encounter, won 6-4 6-4 by the Australian/Brazilian combination in Metz.

Venus and Pavic will face third seeds Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya in the quarter finals.