Germany's Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies have made a winning start to their first campaign at the Nitto ATP Finals after beating Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. In the opening match of Group Mac Mirnyi, Krawietz and Mies overcame Rojer and Tecau 7-6 (3) 4-6 10-6 in an hour and 43 minutes of play.
Rojer and Tecau paid the price for blowing an early first set break and later a set point on Krawietz and Mies' serve in the 12th game as the Germans cruised past the tie-break to win a tight opener. Rojer and Tecau were constantly pressuring Krawietz and Mies' serve in the first set but failed to capitalize on their multiple chances as they realized only 1-of-7 of their break point chances in the opener.
However, Rojer and Tecau managed to convert on their break points in the opening game of the second set and then to hold on to their serve to force a decider. After winning the second set, Rojer and Tecau made a good start to the match tie-break but Krawietz and Mies showed great mental strength and character to win six points in a row and take a 7-3 lead.
Rojer and Tecau managed to save two match points but there was no way back from a 9-4 deficit as Krawietz and Mies realized their third match point to seal the win. Later today, Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah will be taking on Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France.