26 May 2016

French Open success for Daniell

9:42 am on 26 May 2016

New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell has won his first ever match at Roland Garros, teaming with American Brian Baker to advance to the second round of the men's doubles.

New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell.

New Zealand tennis player Marcus Daniell. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The pair, who only came together just before the tournament, beat Marcos Baghdatis and Dimitry Tursinov in straight sets.

Daniell said he's worked incredibly hard in the lead up to the second grand slam of the year.

"My body is feeling good, I'm feeling fit, I'm feeling strong and this was the first slam I ever played last year and to come back and start the ball rolling it just feels great."

The 26-year-old clearly wasn't expecting to make it past the first round though and is now without accomodation.

"I'm staying in an Air BnB and she's (the host) is kicking us out tomorrow so we're going to have to find a new place tonight.

"But yea, very happy with the first round and I know that Brian and I as a team we can play a lot better than we did today and I'm looking forward to the next couple of matches, hopefully the next few matches."

Daniell and Baker will face 11th seeds Henri Kontinen from Finland and Australian John Peers in the second round.

-RNZ

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