Tennis pro Kevin Krawietz and his French substitute partner Fabrice Martin have cleared the opening hurdle at the ATP 1000 tournament in Miami. They advanced to the round of 16 with a 7-5, 4-6, 10-4 win over India's Rohan Bopanna and Australia's Matthew Ebden.
The Indian and Australian came close to a break in the seventh game. However, Martin and Krawietz fended off three break points and brought their service through with great effort. The decisive break happened in the twelfth game of the first set. After Krawietz/Martin had missed the first set point, the second attempt was successful to make it 7:5.
In the second set, the "Kratin" team got on the losing track early on, as Bopanna and Ebden took their service from the Upper Franconian and the Frenchman already in the third game and added the 3:1 with a successful service game. They never recovered from this deficit and lost the set 4:6.
In Rotterdam, Krawietz and Pütz had last lost to the two veterans. In the match tiebreak, the German and the Frenchman fought their way into an 8:3 lead and closed the bag at 10:4.
In the round of 16, Krawietz / Martin will meet the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop late on Sunday evening.