Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson have fallen just short of making a big surprise in their Houston opener. No. 2 seeds Austin Krajicek and Artem Sitak managed to survive a tricky opener as they edged out the Australian wildcard duo 6-2 4-6 10-8.
Krajicek and Sitak saved two break points in the opening game of the match before they failed to convert a break point in the following game. However, Krajicek and Sitak still got the first break of the match as they broke the Australian duo in the fourth game.
Krajicek and Sitak saved a break point in the seventh game to go 5-2 up before they broke Hewitt and Thompson in the following game to claim the opener. Despite failing to convert their chances at the beginning of the match and losing the first set, Hewitt and Thompson kept their focus as they won the second set to force a decider.
The Australians broke the second seeds in the third game of the second set and then won the second after not facing a single break point opportunity in the set. Hewitt and Thompson led 8-7 after the opening 15 points of the match tie-break but then lost the following three points as No.
2 seeds Krajicek and Sitak avoided a surprise early round exit. Krajicek and Sitak converted 2-of-5 of their break point chances and saved 3-of-4 of Hewitt and Thompson's break point chances in an hour and 17 minutes of play.
They play next against Ryan Harrison and Mackenzie McDonald or Marcelo Arevalo and James Cerretani. Hewitt and Thompson were hoping to achieve another great doubles result together this year. The Australians had a promising run in front of their home fans in Sydney at the beginning of the season.
Back then, Hewitt and Thompson made the semi-final before losing to 2018 Australian Open runners-up Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.