Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram got off on the right foot at the Australian Open overnight Tuesday with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win against World No. 3 singles player Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and his countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Despite serving fewer aces and making more double faults, the No. 14 seeds came back from a set down to advance to the next round where they will face the winners of the encounter between Alex Lopez-Moron and Felix Mantilla of Spain and Gaston Gaudio of Argentina and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
Erlich and Ram both will be competing in the mixed doubles. Ram will join forces with Petra Mandula of Hungary against Kevin Ullyet of Zimbabwe and Lisa Raymond of the United States. Erlich will play with Liezel Huber of South Africa versus Jordan Kerr and Nicole Pratt of Australia.
Three other Israelis will be in action overnight in Melbourne. In the women's singles, Anna Smashnova Pistolesi plays the 15-year-old Tatiana Golovin of France and Tzipi Obziler faces 29th seed Nathalie Dechy of France.
Harel Levy joins up with Michael Youzhny of Russia against Julien Benneteau and Arnaud Clement of France.
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