France's Lucas Pouille and Jo Wilfried Tsonga have survived a tough doubles opener at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart as they edged out home favorite Andre Begemann and Dustin Brown 5-7 7-6 (4) 15-13. The Frenchmen started the match with an early 3-0 lead but Begemann and Brown fought back to steal the opening set.
As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- where the French duo converted its second set point to force a decider. Pouille and Tsonga saved three match points in the match tie-break before they realized their third match point to complete a comeback.
Begemann and Brown won a total of 81 points in an hour and 29 minutes of play, while the Frenchmen collected a total of 78 points but still won the match. Pouille and Tsonga play next against either No. 3 seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan or Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov.
Another German duo exited Stuttgart on Tuesday as Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev lost to Austria's Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (5) 6-3. As no breaks were seen in the first set -- the set went into a tie-break -- where the Austrian duo converted its second set point to claim a tight opener.
Marach and Melzer got the first break of the match in the eighth game of the second set before they served out for the match in the following week. Fourth-seeded Marach and Melzer served five aces, won 84 percent of their first serve points, converted 1-of-4 of their break point chances and saved the lone break point opportunity they faced in an hour and six minutes of action.