ATP Finals: Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut make strong start

Herbert and Mahut off to a winning start in Turin.

by Dzevad Mesic
ATP Finals: Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut make strong start

France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut made a winning start at the Nitto ATP Finals. Herbert and Mahut, the 2019 ATP Finals champions, saw off Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6 (1) 6-4 in their opener at the ATP Finals.

Cabal and Farah had the first break point of the match in the third game but Herbert and Mahut saves to go 2-1 up. Herbert and Mahut had a set point on Cabal and Farah's serve in the 10th game but failed to convert. The Frenchmen had another set point in the 12tj game but again failed to realize.

Blowing two set points didn't affect Herbert and Mahut as they dominated the tie-break to win a tight opener. The two teams were tied at one point before Herbert and Mahut won six points in a row to win the tie-break in style.

After winning the first set, Herbert and Mahut claimed the first break of the match in the opening game of the second set. However, Cabal and Farah responded as they broke back in the eighth game. Unfortunately for Cabal and Farah, they dropped their serve again in the ninth game as Herbert and Mahut served out for the match in the following game.

Rajeev Ram, Joe Salisbury join Herbert and Mahut on the winners' circle

Wimbledon runners-up Ram and Salisbury also made a winning start to their ATP Finals campaign. Ram and Salisbury, who are playing at the ATP Finals together for the third time, saw off Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-1 7-6 (5).

Ram and Salisbury made a perfect start to the match, having won the opening three games. Ram and Salisbury then claimed their second break of the match in the sixth game before routinely serving out for the opener a game later.

Murray and Soares had their first break points in the fourth game of the second set but failed to convert. Murray and Soares then faced three break points in the following game but saved them all. As no more break points were seen, the set went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, Ram and Salisbury realized their second match point to book a straight-set win.

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