Herbert/Mahut Keep Title Hopes Alive
France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed the last spot in the Roland Garros semi-final line-up on Wednesday, defeating South American duo Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6(8).
Herbert and Mahut won 75 per cent of first-serve points and saved four set points at 5-6 down in the second set before securing victory in one hour, 54 minutes.
The sixth seeds, who won their 11th team title at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in February, will face Mutua Madrid Open champions Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya in the last four, as they aim to move one step closer to becoming the third all-French team in the Open Era to lift the Roland Garros title.
On the other side of the draw, second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic will meet 2016 champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.
Marach and Pavic have beaten the Spaniards in both their FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings this year, triumphing in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals before edging an 11-9 Match Tie-break in the first round at the Miami Open presented by Itaú.
Did You Know?
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are just one win away from reaching all four Grand Slam finals as a team. The Frenchmen lost their first major final at the 2015 Australian Open (l. to Bolelli/Fognini) before clinching their two Grand Slam titles at the 2015 US Open and The Championships in 2016.
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