ATP Adelaide: Lleyton Hewitt & Jordan Thompson fall short in doubles opener



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ATP Adelaide: Lleyton Hewitt & Jordan Thompson fall short in doubles opener

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson have exited the Adelaide International doubles event after falling just short in their opener at the tournament. Hewitt and Thompson, who received a wildcard for the event, were edged out by Chile's Cristian Garin and Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 6-3 2-6 10-7.

Garin, 23, and 26-year-old Londero failed to convert their first break point in the second game of the match but claimed the lone break of the first set two games later. After losing the first set, Thompson and Hewitt earned two breaks and saved break points in two games to force a decider.

The Australians led 6-5 after the opening 11 points of the match tie-break, before their game completely fell apart and they lost the following four points. Garin and Londero failed to realize their first match point but made no mistake on their second match point to collect a win in just over an hour of play.

Garin and Londero play next against either fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek or Chris Guccione and Robert Lindstedt.