France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have also made a winning start to Group Max Mirnyi at the Nitto ATP Finals. The Frenchmen handed a straight-set defeat to Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3 7-5 in an hour and 21 minutes of play.
Cabal and Farah, who won back-to-back Grand Slam titles this year after winning Wimbledon and the US Open, got off to a quick 2-0 first set lead over Herbert and Mahut. However, their lead was short-lived as the Frenchmen won the following five games before serving out for the opener in the ninth game.
Cabal and Farah once again struggled to hold on their serve after claiming an early break as Herbert and Mahut lost their serve in the fourth game of the second set but broke back the Colombians in the following game. There was no coming back for Cabal and Farah after dropping their serve for the fourth time in the match as Herbert and Mahut routi served out for the match in the 12th game after earning a break a game earlier. Earlier today, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies beat Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in a three-setter.