Coming off a win in Germany, Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus have taken a decisive first round victory in their quest to take the Wimbledon doubles crown in Britain.
The straight set win of 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-4 over the British pairing of Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara, took two hours and nine minutes to achieve.
The South African and New Zealand pair had to contend with a large British crowd who obviously cheered for their countryman, but managed to prevail regardless.
The difference between the two teams was in how they both handled the big moments.
O’Mara double faulted when facing a set point in the first set, while Raven hit a second serve ace to bring up the set point.
The tiebreak in the second set went the way of the South African/ New Zealand duo 7-3.
The pair hopes to repeat their performance of last year and go the extra mile by winning the title.
Last year, they lost on Centre Court in the final, going down to Jack Sock and Mike Bryan and on the evidence of their opening match, everything points to them winning the final.
Last month, they also won decisively at the ATP 500 in Halle, Germany, in a victory over the number one seeded Lukasz Kubot from Poland and Marcelo Melo from Brazil.
Their next match in the second will be against the Australian pairing of Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson, who also won a decisive straight set victory.
The second round matches will take place on Friday from 12:00pm and the exact time for each match is dependent on the weather.