Herbert/Mahut Extend Rotterdam Winning Streak
Frenchmen aiming to lift second Rotterdam title as a team
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut moved one step away from a second ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament trophy as a team on Saturday, recovering from a set down to beat Raven Klaasen and Oliver Marach 6-7(6), 7-6(6), 10-7.
The 2018 champions recorded their sixth consecutive win at the opening ATP 500 event of the year in one hour and 58 minutes, saving all three break points they faced en route to victory. Herbert and Mahut won six straight points from 2/5 down in the Match Tie-break and converted their first match point to reach their maiden final of the 2020 ATP Tour season.
The second seeds are through to their 22nd tour-level final as a team. Herbert and Mahut have lifted 15 trophies from 21 championship matches and won each of their three finals last year.
Herbert and Mahut will face Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff for the trophy. Making their second appearance as a team this year, the Australian Open quarter-finalists edged Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 in 73 minutes.
At the New York Open, Dominic Inglot and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi defeated Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-3 to reach their second final in as many weeks. The British-Pakistani pairing, which finished as runner-up at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, won 79 per cent of first-serve points (38/48) throughout the one-hour, 31-minute encounter.
Inglot and Qureshi will meet Steve Johnson and Reilly Opelka, who wrapped up the night session with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara. Johnson is aiming for his second tour-level doubles title and Opelka is looking for his first.
The Argentina Open in Buenos Aires saw top seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos break serve on four occasions to beat Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop 6-2, 7-5 and earn their spot in the final. Three-time champion Zeballos is aiming to lift the trophy in the Argentine capital for the third straight year, while two-time winner Granollers is attempting to win his first title at the ATP 250 event since 2014.
Awaiting them in the championship match are Guillermo Duran and Juan Ignacio Londero, who upset third seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 7-6(4), 6-4. Duran seeks his fifth ATP Tour doubles title and his first since Kitzbühel 2017 (w/Cuevas), while Londero is competing in his first tour-level doubles final.