by Kristel Satumbaga
Fil-American Treat Huey and German Tommy Haas launched their partnership on a high note, beating the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Lucas Pouille, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, to advance to the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters doubles event in Monaco.
Though they dropped their opening set, Huey and Haas recovered mightily by beating their rivals in a marathon third set battle.
But the two will have their hands full when they meet the third seeded duo of
Bruno Soares of Brazil and Jamie Murray of Great Britain in the next round of the event ranked as the third highest tied in men’s tournaments after the Grand Slam and ATP Tour Finals.
Soares and Murray, who earned an opening round bye, won the Australian and US Open titles last year.
With Haas as his new partner, Huey is hopeful he can finally end a long title drought. He had no much success with former partner Belarusian Max Mirnyi
The 31-year-old Huey is currently No. 35 in the ATP doubles rankings while the 39-year-old Haas is formerly ranked No. 2 in singles with 13 career singles titles.