Filipino Treat Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi hurdled past Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-1, to advance to the second round of the prestigious 2016 French Open doubles competition being held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
The 10th-seeded tandem of Huey and Mirnyi unleashed six aces on 60-of-84 accuracy on first serve, way better than Fognini and Seppi’s two aces on 45-of-70 showing.
Huey and Mirnyi also got four of 12 break-point opportunities and had a total of 113 points won including six winners.
However, they committed five unforced errors mostly on double faults.
“It’s a good first round win today at Roland Garros,” said the 30-year-old Huey.
Huey and Mirnyi marched into the next round against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania and Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, who also went through a tough challenge before posting a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (9), 6-4 come-from-behind win over Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and Marin Draganja of Croatia.
In mixed doubles, Huey will be conniving anew with Slovenian partner Andreja Klepac.
They are scheduled to meet Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands in the opening round.
Huey and Klepac reached the semifinal round of the 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles in January.
Playing in the boys’ juniors is promising netter Alberto Lim Jr., who earned an automatic spot in the 64-player main draw by virtue of his 23rd position in the International Tennis Federation juniors rankings.
The juniors event will begin next week.
As part of his build up, Lim competed in the 52nd Astrid Bowl Charleroi, Belgian International Junior Championships in Belgium but lost to Yshai Oliel of Israel in the first round, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4), 4-6.