France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have failed to win their second team title at Melbourne Park as on Tuesday they lost a tight Australian Open doubles quarterfinal clash. Herbert and Mahut, seeded at No.
8, got into a tight three-setter against Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic and fell just short as the second-seeded Croatians won 6-4 4-6 7-6 (3). Mektic and Pavic had the first break points of the match but failed to convert as Herbert and Mahut saved two consecutive break points on their serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
But Mektic and Pavic kept pressuring Herbert and Mahut and in the ninth game they earned the first break of the match, before serving out for the opener a game later. In the second set, Mektic and Pavic once again were the first team tp earn a break point but Herbert and Mahut saved a break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead.
The Frenchmen then earned their first break point of the match in the 10th game -- which at the same time was their first set point -- and realized to force a decider.
Herbert and Mahut fell just short of a comeback win
Mektic and Pavic had the lone break point of the third set but failed to convert as the match went into a super tie-break.
Herbert and Mahut were up 3-2 before they lost eight consecutive points as Mektic and Soares progressed into the semifinal. Mektic and Pavic play next against Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek, who edged out Australia's Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith 6-4 2-6 6-4.
Dodig and Polasek failed to convert any of their three consecutive break points in the fifth game of the first set but managed to break Ebden and Smith in the seventh game and then serve out for the set in the 10th game.
The two teams were tied at two games apiece in the second set, before Ebden and Smith claimed back-to-back breaks to force a decider. Dodig and Polasek bounced back with an early third-set break and then they held on to their serve to claim the win. It remains to be seen if Dodig and Polasek can surprise Mektic and Pavic and make the final at Melbourne Park.