Sam Barry and Daniel Glancy were both victorious today at the FBD Irish Tennis Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.
They will join Colin O’Brien as Ireland’s representatives in the next round.
Barry and Glancy were the only Irish players in singles action today.
Fourth seed Barry had an easy 6-3 6-2 win over Florian Barth from Germany.
The 21-year-old was impressive throughout, mixing up his play with strong groundstrokes along with serving and volleying occasionally keeping his opponent guessing as to his tactics.
His forehand was also an important weapon as he moved Barth from side to side before closing out the points.
The Limerick man is a real challenger for the tournament and plays Zimbabwean qualifier Benjamin Lock in the next round.
Barry, who won the deciding match for Ireland in the Davis Cup earlier this year against Estonia, has improved hugely in the last year with his fitness and speed around the court a notable feature of today’s match.
He has been in impressive form this year, reaching two semi-finals and four quarter-finals on the ITF Futures Circuit.
Eighth seed Glancy also had a comfortable victory, beating Austria’s Zach Itzstein 6-4 6-2.
The opening set was a close contest, with Glancy’s break of serve in the third game proving the key moment.
The second set was tight initially before the 24-year-old rattled off the last four games to take the set and the match.
Glancy was extremely consistent throughout the match, with his groundstrokes in particular proving a key difference between the players.
The Mayo man will play Alexander Jhun of Britain in the next round. Jhun beat Ireland’s Robert Dudley on Monday.
Glancy has also been in good form this year, advancing to the semi-finals of an ITF Futures event in Denmark last week as well as reaching four quarter-finals earlier in the year.
He made his Davis Cup debut earlier in the year, becoming the first Mayo man to play for Ireland, winning his singles match against Finland.
Number one seed Albano Olivetti of France beat Bruce Strachan 6-4 6-4.
Olivetti, who’s most famous career win came against former world number 10 Mardy Fish previously, broke the British player once in each set.
Olivetti has a massive serve, which has been clocked at 149mph, and looks as if he is the man to beat.
The only seed to lose was seventh seed Lorenzo Frigerito, who lost to France’s Maxime Tchoutakian.