Cape Town - South Africa's Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus opened their Australian Open campaign with a victory against American Bradley Klahn and Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday.
The sixth seeds battled back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and two minutes.
Klaasen said he was happy that they got past the first hurdle.
"It is always tricky to get going in a Grand Slam and I find that the first-round match is always a tough match to play and today was no difference," Klaasen said via a statement released by Tennis SA.
"We got off to a slow start, our opponents put together a good first set but we were able to make a few adjustments to get us back in the match. I am happy that we were able to turn things around and get a win today. It wasn’t easy out there, but it is the nature of the game.
"Now we look forward to a good day of practice and to make a few adjustments to hopefully play better in the second round. We look forward to the challenge and are excited to make a big push in the tournament."
In Round 2, Klaasen and Venus will face the winners of the match between Australian duo Lleyton Hewitt and John-Patrick Smith and New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Dutchman Wesley Koolhof.
Meanwhile, South Africa's other participants in the Australian Open - Kevin Anderson and Lloyd Harris - have both packed their bags.