After absorbing a heart-breaking first-round setback in the singles event, Filipino pride Francis Casey Alcantara, vented his ire in the doubles play late Tuesday in the 2009 French Open at the historic Roland Garros Stadium in Paris.
Alcantara, teaming up with veteran partner Hsieh Cheng-Peng of Chinese Taipei clobbered Daniel Berta of Sweden and Federico Gaio of Italy, 6-1, 6-3, to launch their second Grand Slam title bid on a high note.
“It’s a big boost for us. We just need to keep our composure for our next big game. It’s time to move on and forget what happened in the singles event and have fun,” said the 17-year-old Alcantara referring to his first-round loss against 10th seed Agustin Velotti of Argentina.
The Filipino-Taiwanese tandem won five break points and had a total of 55-point show on 30 winners including a lone ace in the match that lasted in just 53 minutes.
Alcantara and Hsieh, winner of the 2009 Australian Open doubles junior championships, will next meet No. 4 Guilherme Clezar of Brazil and Huang Liang-Chi of Chinese Taipei late Wednesday.
Clezar and Huang ousted unseeded Richard Becker and Kevin Krawietz of Germany, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.
Alcantara and Huang have been playing together in several International Tennis Federation tournaments.
They won the doubles title of the 2008 ITF Junior Championships in Thailand before finishing as runners ups in the same tournament early this year.
Hsieh and Huang, on the other hand, are more than familiar with each other as they bagged two prestigious Grand Slam doubles titles last year —the Australian Open and the All England Tennis Club (Wimbledon)—aside from playing against each in some of the tournaments back home.
“We [with Hsieh] both know his [Huang] game and definitely it’s going to be a big challenge for us. We’ll see,” added Alcantara, currently ranked 31st in the ITF standings.