ATP Cincinnati: Murray and Soares to meet Herbert and Mahut in final

ATP Cincinnati: Murray and Soares to meet Herbert and Mahut in final

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Defending US Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares will be battling against 2015 US Open winners Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the Western & Southern Open final.

Recent Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, as well as 2017 French Open champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus, have been sent packing out of the Cincinnati Masters.

Third-seeded Murray and Soares prevailed over Kubot and Melo, the No. 2 seeds, in straight sets 6-4 7-5.

Kubot and Melo had a 5-4 second set lead when Murray and Soares went on to win 12 points in a row and seal the win in style.

Brit Murray and Soares of Brazil converted 2-of-2 of their break points tries and faced no break point chances in an hour and 22 minutes of play. 

France's Herbert and Mahut saved a set point to clinch a straights sets win and avoid any drama against unseeded Harrison and Venus 6-4 7-6 (9).

Harrison and Venus saved four match points during the second set tie-break -- then had a 9-8 lead -- but couldn't force a decider as they lost the next three points. 

Herbert, 26, and 35-year-old Mahut are bidding to win their second Masters 1000 title in as many weeks, having won it all at the Rogers Cup in Montreal last week.

The French duo needed just over an hour and a half of play to clinch a meeting with Murray and Soares, who have yet to win a title on hard since their winning run at Acapulco -- which came earlier this season.

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