British seeds progress in Düsseldorf

By Philip James

Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray(1) def Dustin Brown/Frank Moser(w) 7-6(2), 6-4

Dominic Inglot/Treat Huey (3) def Philipp Marx/Florin Mergea 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-2

The Brits came out on top against the Germans in Düsseldorf men’s doubles today as Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray knocked out German opponents, as did Dominic Inglot.

However it was less happy news for Ken Skupski in France as he was eliminated in round one of the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur.

The all-British team of Fleming and Murray (‘Flemarray’) are top seeds at the ATP250 Power Horse Cup and reached round two with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over Dustin Brown and Frank Moser.

It was a tie featuring two Brits but Brown could have been a third; 2010 he decided to switch from the Jamaican Tennis Association due to lack of funding and eventually chose to play for Germany, the country of his birth, over Great Britain, the nationality of his paternal grandparents.

Though awarded wild cards as players from the hosting country, both Germans are ranked inside the top 90 in doubles and were the first to earn break points.

The Brits saved these however, and earned three of their own at 5-4 as Moser served to keep them in the set.

While all three set points went begging, Flemarray dominated the ensuing tie-break, racing to a 5-0 lead and eventually taking it 7-2 and with it the set in 50 minutes.

The second set again went with serve until the Brits broke at 4-4, and Marray, the 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles champion, served out to win the match in an hour and 27 minutes.

That was the second British success of the day on the red clay of Court 2 after number three seeds, London-born Inglot and his regular partner, Filipino Treat Huey, fought back from a set down to win.

They lost the first set to German Philipp Marx and Romanian Florin Mergea as Huey surrendered the only break of serve at 5-5.

The third seeds improved in the second set and dominated on serve dropping only four service points while earning another two break points.

Though they took neither, they won breaker comfortably 7-2 to set up the third set decider.

Inglot and Huey were rampant now and dropped only two points in the champions tie-break to win the match in just over an hour and a half.

In round two they will face the team that knocked out Jamie Delgado in round one,  Daniel Brands and Igor Sijsling.

Jamie Murray and his regular doubles partner, Australian John Peers begin their tournament tomorrow knowing reward for victory will be a second round match against Fleming and Marray.

British interest in the ATP 250 Open de Nice Côte d’Azur is over though, as Skupski and Andreas Seppi lost 7-6(6), 6-4 in round one to Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin.

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