No. 3 seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies defeated eighth-seeded Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-2 7-6 (5) in their second Round Robin match at the Nitto ATP Finals to improve to 1-1 in Group Mike Bryan and keep their chances of making the semifinal.
Krawietz and Mies, a back-to-back French Open champions, made a great start to the match, having claimed two early breaks for a 4-1 first-set lead. Kubot and Melo got one break back in the sixth game but it didn't lead to a comeback as Krawietz and Mies claimed their third break of the set in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener in the eighth game.
As no breaks were seen in the second set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Krawietz and Mies converted their second match point to push Kubot and Melo to 0-2 record in their group. “It was huge to win in two sets,” Mies said in an on-court interview, per the Nitto ATP Finals website.
“We didn’t get off to a great start [in the] first match, two days ago… It was important to come back strong today and play much better. That happened and I am very proud of us, that we came back, bounced back and played a great match today.
Winning in two sets in the round robin system is always very big”.
Mies and Krawietz wanted to make amends
“It was a big advantage to get off to a good start today, because it was pretty painful to lose that match two days ago from a good position,” Mies added.
“We had it in our hands and we let it slip because we didn’t go for it in the end. We were hoping for them to make errors and that was a big mistake. The key today was to come out, go for it, get the win ourselves and not wait for errors.
That was very good and the start helped, for sure”. In the second doubles match of the day, Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic beat Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 7-6 (5) 6-0 to improve to 2-0 in Group Mike Bryan and book a semifinal place.
As no breaks were seen in the first set -- it went into a tie-break -- in which Ram and Salisbury saved two consecutive set points but couldn't save the third as Koolhof and Mektic won the opener. After losing the first set, Ram and Salisbury's game absolutely fell apart as Koolhof and Salisbury claimed three breaks to dominantly win the second set and earn a straight-set win.
Koolhof and Mektic now own a perfect 2-0 record in Group Mike Bryan, Krawietz and Mies, as well as Ram and Salisbury, have a 1-1 record, while Kubot and Melo are the only pair without a win in the group.