A pair of British understudies scored opening victories on Tuesday in Belgium to fly the flag into the second round,
With Andy Murray ranked outside of the Top 100 with his slow recovery from various hip surgeries, national No. 1 Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie picked the right moment to shine in the European diamond centre and major port city.
Evans cracked a four-match losing streak with his 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win in just under two hours over Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso, with the Brit laying down nine aces
The No. 35 finds himself in a contest with Frances Tiafoe after the summer COVID-19 patient won his opening round on Monday.
Norrie, ranked 70th, needed a recovery from 0-3 down in the second set before finally prevailing over Finnish qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3, 7-6(4). He now gets Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic or Aljaz Bedene, a former Brit.
Asian top ace Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw pre-match with the shoulder injury which kept him from the courts for a year; Argentine Federico Coria took his place and lost to Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-2, 6-3.