Coolhoff & Mectic wins first semi-final slot – Tennis Sports

In the Round Robin Doubles match at the Nitto ATP Finals on Tuesday, Wesley Koolhoff of the Netherlands and Nikolamectic of the Netherlands confused the second seed, Lazy Bram of the United States and Joe Salisbury of the United Kingdom, 7-6 5) 6-0, Germany’s third-seeded Kevin Krabitz and Andreas Mies beat eighth-seeded Poland’s Lucashkubot and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo to seal the first semi-final berth of the doubles tournament 6-2 7 -6 (5) defeated.

The first match was very close. It’s good to play two tiebreakers in one of them, so I was confident that I would get into a tiebreaker in this first set. Of course, the No. 1 doubles spot race is still open. I hope we will be at the top at the end of the weekend. Wesley Coolhoff

Debuting as a team in the finals at the end of the year, Coolhoff & Mectic accelerated beyond Ram & Salisbury, successfully passed the tough opening set, then offered a masterclass and won in 1 hour and 21 minutes.

“That is, no one expected it to be 6-0. [in the second set]”Mectic said in a court interview. “I played really well in the first set, so all I wanted to do was maintain the level.

“We were really pushing ourselves to do that. We got off to the second best start, and for some reason [this score] happened.

“The first set is very close, then the second set … isn’t really realistic, but we’ll adopt it.”

Mektic had previously competed in the 2018 edition of the Nitto ATP Finals in London, which is the first appearance of Coolhoff and aims to be the fourth Dutchman to win the doubles title in O2. I am.

The victory sent them to the semifinals of the season final for the first time, opening their campaign with a 10-7 victory over 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4), the third seed Kevin Krabeats and Andrea Smyth. rear.

In addition to the title, they are one of the top teams in the FedEx ATP doubles team ranking to compete for the end of the year.

“”[The nerves] I think it feels good so far, “Koolhoff said. “For me, this is my debut year and it’s been going well so far.

“The first match was very close. It’s good to play two tiebreakers in one, so I was confident that I would get into a tiebreaker in this first set.

“Of course, the No. 1 doubles spot race is still open. I hope to take the lead at the end of the weekend.”

Andreas Mies (L) and Kevin Krawietz have the chance to advance to the semi-finals by defeating Lucash Kubot and Marcelo Melo in a decisive straight set.

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Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies scored an impressive 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Lucash Kubot and Marcelo Melo on Tuesday afternoon after a slight defeat in the opening round. I put it in.

The two Roland Garros champions converted three of the four breakpoints to claim their first victory in the tournament, improving to 1-1 in group Mike Bryan as a German. The Germans finished their tournament debut at O2 last year 1-. Two records, for the first time trying to compete in the semi-finals in London.

“It was very big to win in two sets,” Mies said in an interview on the court. “We couldn’t get a great start [in the] The first match two days ago … It was important to come back strong today and play better.

“I’m very proud to be back and bounce back today and have a great match as it happened. Winning two sets in a round robin system is always a big deal.”

At the Erste Bank Open last month, Krawietz & Mies took revenge on losing to Kubot & Melo in the recent semifinals when Kubot & Melo recovered from the set to lift the ATP 500 trophy in Vienna.

“With the round robin system, even if you lose the first match, you always have a chance … you have nothing to lose,” Krabits said. “We had to challenge it, we had to get excited, and I think we played really well today.”

Krawietz & Mies started the game in the top form and well predicted and impressed multiple return winners to break in two of the first three return games.

After dropping the serve in 4-1 the third seed hit another return winner to claim the third break before serving the set 30 minutes later.

The second time, both teams dominated behind the first serve in order for Crabeats to effectively close the net and win two mini-breaks, reaching the winning breaker after 1 hour and 23 minutes. did.

“It was pretty painful to lose the match from a good position two days ago, so getting off to a good start today was a big advantage,” Mies said. “We had it in our hands, and we slipped it because we didn’t get it after all.

“We wanted them to make a mistake, but that was a big mistake.

“Today’s key was to come out, aim for it, win ourselves and not wait for the error. It was very good and the start certainly helped.”

Kubot and Melo fell 0-2 in group Mike Bryan, and 2017 finalists fell to Lamb and Salisbury in seven sets on Sunday.

The Polish / Brazilian team will face Coolhoff and Mektic in the final round Robin match, but are currently unable to qualify.

Group Mike Bryan’s promotion scenario relies on Ram & Salisbury facing Krawietz & Mies and the winner going to the final four, as Koolhof & Mektic are already in the semi-finals.

Rajeev Ram (L) and Joe Salisbury must win the final round robin match to qualify for the semifinals

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