It appeared that No. 1 seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares wild barely make it past the Round Robin stage at the Nitto ATP Finals but that didn't happen after Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos retired their match against Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at 6-6 in the first-set.
Pavic and Soares edged out John Peers and Michael Venus 6-7 (2) 6-3 10-8 to claim a win in their final group stage match at The O2 Arena and improve to 2-1 in their group. After defeating sixth-seeded Peers and Venus in just less than an hour and a half of action, doubles world No.
6 Soares admitted he was unsure what he and Pavic needed to happen in the match scheduled for the evening. Pavic and Soares would have made the semifinal had Granollers and Zeballos won just one set against Melzer and Roger-Vasselin.
"To be honest, I don’t really know what we need [this evening],” Soares said on the court after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. “We are going to watch because we love doubles, we love entertainment.
I think we did what we had to do, which is win the match. Right now, it is not in our hands anymore. We have just got to wait and hopefully we come back to play another match tomorrow”.
Soares and Pavic were ready to return home
Pavic and Soares, who won the US Open and finished runners-up at the French Open, failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game and eventually lost the opener after blowing six set points.
"Let’s book the flight home, that is what we said (after losing the first set)," Soares revealed. “[It was] another tough set that we lost. We played extremely well [in the] first set and it is tough to lose a set like this.
It was quite a similar story the other day. I think we both stayed calm… tried to keep the cool. We were both pretty upset with the first set and I think we managed to do that”. However, Pavic and Soares managed to create a comeback -- get the win -- and keep their chances of making the semifinal -- but in the end that wasn't enough.
Granollers and Zeballos will meet Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic in the semifinal, while Melzer and Roger-Vasselin will take on Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. The two semifinals will take place on Saturday.