Paris, France, 22 May 2013 |

Three Aussie men progressed while three fell in the opening round of French Open men’s singles qualifying at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

Matt Ebden, Australia’s highest-ranked player in the draw and the 16th seed, fought through a three-set battle to defeat Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 6-4.

It took Ebden two hours and 36 minutes to subdue his 181st-ranked opponent before the Western Australian progressed, where he will now face Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.

In an all-Aussie battle, James Duckworth came out on top over wildcard Alex Bolt, winning their encounter 6-3 7-6(1) in one hour and 14 minutes.

He next faces No.19 seed Diego Sebastian Schwartzman of Argentina, and should he and Ebden both come through their second-round matches, they’ll face off for a place in the French Open main draw.

The other winner among the Aussies was Matt Reid, who beat Italy’s Gianluca Naso 6-4 6-4. He will face German Andreas Beck in round two.

Matthew Barton and Sam Groth unfortunately bowed out – Groth took the first set before falling 1-6 6-4 6-4 to Uzebekistan’s Farrukh Dustov, while Di Wu of China brushed Barton aside 6-2 6-3.

Ebden, Duckworth and Reid will all take to the courts at Roland Garros for their second round matches on Wednesday, along with a five-strong Aussie female contingent who play their opening round matches.

> read our preview of the Aussie women’s chances in French Open qualifying