Huge win for Daniell and Oswald in Paris
Late inclusions in the tournament, New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell and his Austrian partner Philip Oswald have had a terrific win in the first round of the Paris Masters.
The alternates who got into the main draw at the last minute when another team pulled out and only arrived in Paris the night before the match, have beaten French Open champion Kevin Krawietz and his high profile German partner, singles world number seven Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5) 6-4 in 1 hour 21.
It was a tight first set with Daniell broken in the 7th game before Krawietz was broken to love in the next game. It went to a tiebreak which Daniell and Oswald clinched, the first set taking 46 minutes.
Games went with serve until the 9th game of the second set when Zverev was broken and Daniell served out the match. The Germans were one of 10 from break point chances while Daniell and Oswald were 2 from 11.
Daniell and Oswald will face 8th seeds, Austrian Jurgen Melzer and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round.