ATP Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut the chosen ones

by   |  VIEW 2493

ATP Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut the chosen ones

France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have put an end to the outstanding run of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. The Frenchmen beat No. 2 seeds Marach and Pavic in the Rotterdam final 2-6 6-2 10-7. Marach and Pavic -- who made it all the way at the Australian Open, Doha and Auckland -- fell just short of remaining unbeaten this year and clinching their fourth title of the season.

Marach and Pavic won five games in a row to take the opening set with a 6-2 score. No. 3 seeds Herbert and Mahut opened the second set with an early 3-0 lead and broke Marach and Pavic one more time in the eighth game to force a decider.

Herbert and Mahut recovered from a 6-4 match tie-break deficit to lift the title. Interestingly, both teams ended the match with a total of 51 points won during the final -- which came to an end after an hour and eighth minutes of action.

Home-favorites Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos defeated Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the Buenos Aires final 6-3 5-7 10-3. No. 4 seeds Molteni and Zeballos got the first game of the match in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and then held on to their serve to close out the opener.

Top-seeded Cabal and Farah broke Molteni and Zeballos in the 12th game of the second set to force a decider -- the Colombian duo saved two break points in the 11th game. Cabal and Farah got on the board in the fourth point of the match tie-break to reduce the deficit to 3-1 -- before the local duo won six points in a row to take an uncatchetable 9-1 lead.

Molteni and Zeballos needed exactly an hour and a half of play to capture their second title as a pair. Cabal and Farah also lost in this year's Australian Open final. No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald beat Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-4 4-6 10-6 to win the inaugural edition of the New York Open.

Mirnyi and Oswald saved two break points in the ninth game before they broke Koolhof and Sitak in the following game to win the first set. Koolhof and Sitak made the most ouf of the break earned in the third game of the second set as they went on to force a decider.

Mirnyi and Oswald opened up an early 4-1 match tie-break lead and never looked back to seal the title. 40-year-old Mirnyi was playing in his 100th ATP final. Mirnyi and Oswald saved 7-of-8 of the break point chances they faced in an hour and 28 minutes of action.

Interestingly, Koolhof and Sitak won a total of 68 points -- while Mirnyi and Oswald won 66. Full results: RESULT_END [3] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) & [3] Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d. [2] Oliver Marach (AUT) & [2] Mate Pavic (CRO) 2-6 6-2 10-7 [4] Andres Molteni (ARG) (ARG) & [4] Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d.

[1] Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) & [1] Robert Farah (COL) 6-3 5-7 10-3. [2] Max Mirnyi (BLR) & [2] Philipp Oswald (AUT) d. Wesley Koolhof (NED) & Artem Sitak (NZL) 6-4 4-6 10-6 RESULT_END Also read: Marin Cilic full of praise for new wodld No. 1 Roger Federer