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Daniell through to third round

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/05/2016

Marcus Daniell remains the only New Zealander still in action at the French Open after an upset second-round doubles win at Roland Garros.

Daniell and American partner Brian Baker were all efficiency as they dispatched 11th seeds Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Australian John Peers 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 16 minutes.

"The way we have been playing, we knew we could be dangerous," Daniell said.

"At the start of the second set, we had a lot of break point chance and played a very good return game but didn't take it.

"We then had to battle for our own serve and through the middle of the second set it was very close. But our cumulative pressure took its toll and we got a break before Brian hit a massive ace on match point."

The pair, who had earlier beaten Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis and Russian Dimitri Tursinov 6-3 6-2 in round one, now face an even bigger challenge against sixth seeds Florin Mergea of Romania and Roham Bopanna (India).

"We know them and I have played against them a couple of times and have had wins against them," Daniell said.

"Obviously they have had consistent results as a team but with the game we're playing, we can cause anyone trouble."

Daniell's fellow Kiwi Artem Sitak and American doubles partner Nicolas Monroe lost their second round match to ninth seeds Lukas Kubot (Poland) and Austrian Alexander Peya 6-4 5-7 6-4.

A disappointed Sitak said afterwards that they'd had their chances.

"The key today was that we went down two breaks in the first and third sets and it was too hard to come back from, even though we got one break back and had break points to get back to five all in the first."

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