French Open: Paes-Peya stretched in opener

Paris: Seventh seeds Leander Paes and Austrian Alexander Peya advanced to the second round of the men's doubles after notching up a three-set win at the French Open.

Paes and Peya defeated Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3 in an opening round contest that lasted a little over two hours.

Seventh seeds Leander Paes and Austrian Alexander Peya are through to the second round of the men's doubles competition. Reuters

They will now face the unseeded Russian-Uzbek combination of Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin, who got the better of Belarus' Steve Darcis and Olivier Rochus 3-6 6-3, 7-6 (0).

Paes and Peya made a resounding start in the match and quite literally ran away with the opening set, taking just 27 minutes to seal it by converting three of the four break points they earned.

The seventh seeds were broken once but had the upperhand with a better first serve winning percentage.

The Italians fought their way back in the second set, saving a couple of break points to take it to a tie-breaker which they won easily.

But Bolelli and Fognini ran out of steam in the decider, failing to convert the three break points they earned.

The Indo-Austrian combine, meanwhile, managed to get the crucial break of serve and that proved decisive.

PTI