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Venus through to French Open third round

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/06/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

Leading Kiwi doubles player Michael Venus has dug deep to register a second-round upset win at the French Open.

Venus and American Ryan Harrison beat the tournament fourth seeds, Lukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 6-4 6-7 6-3.

The match lasted a minute short of two hours, drawn out by a second-set tiebreaker which Venus and Harrison lost 7-5.

"I'm really pleased with how we played today and excited to be in the position we are now," Venus said.

"I hadn't won a match, or a set here in the past. I think we had a pretty good first serve percentage as well so once we were doing that and not giving away any free points it helped us get control."

It continues some excellent form for the pair on clay, a surface which Venus hasn't traditionally enjoyed.

He and Harrison won the Estoril Open in Portugal on clay last month, the sixth ATP title of the Kiwi's career.

Their third-round opponents are unseeded Indian pair Purav Raja and Divij Sharan, who also survived a three-setter on Friday.

Two other Kiwi doubles specialists, Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell, were both eliminated from the grand slam tournament in the first round.

Venus completed a perfect day when he and Alicja Rosolska of Poland won their first round mixed doubles match, toppling eighth seeds Bruno Soares (Brazil) and Julia Ostapenko (Latvia).

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