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
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.
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.
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.