No. 1 seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares have made a winning start to their Nitto ATP Finals campaign as they defeated seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7 (1) 6-1 10-4. Pavic and Soares had the first set point at 6-5 in the first set tie-break but failed to realize and a few points later Melzer and Roger-Vasselin converted their first set point to win a tight opener.
Pavic and Soares had a furious response as they won the first five games of the second set, before serving out for a decider in the seventh game.
Pavic and Soares went on a big run
Melzer and Roger-Vasselin led 3-2 after the opening five points of the match tie-break but Pavic and Soares then won six points in a row to take an 8-3 lead and there was no coming back for the seventh seeds from that deficit.
In the opening match of the day, No. 4 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos claimed their first win as a team at The O2 Arena after edging out sixth-seeded John Peers and Michael Venus in two tight sets 7-6 (2) 7-5.
Peers and Venus had the lone break points of the first set in the sixth game but Granollers and Zeballos saved two break points to eventually force a tie-break, which they dominated to win a tight opener. After dropping the first set, Peers and Venus made a fantastic start to the second set as they claimed an early break -- but their lead didn't last long as Granollers and Zeballos broke back the sixth seeds in the fourth game to level to set at two games apiece.
Granollers and Zeballos saved a break point in the seventh game, one more break point in the ninth game but also failed to realize their first match point in the 10th game. Peers and Venus saved two consecutive match points in the 12th game but couldn't save the third set as Granollers and Zeballos converted their fourth match point to claim the win in an hour and 42 minutes of play.
Zeballos, ranked at No. 3 in the world on the doubles list, didn't hide his happiness after a successful start to the tournament. "I feel really happy right now. It is an amazing feeling,” Zeballos said after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals website.
“Just being here is really nice for me. It is the first time I have come [here], so I am trying to enjoy everything”. Granollers is making his fifth appearance at The O2 Arena but the first one with Zeballos. "It is really nice to be here with Horacio.
It is my fifth time here, so I am very happy,” Granollers said. “To start with a win in two sets, there is no better way to start”.