Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic opened their Nitto ATP Finals campaign on Sunday with a 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 10-7 victory against Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

The fifth seeds won the final five points of the match to improve to 21-12 this year after two hours and three minutes. Koolhof and Mektic, who are making their team debut at the Nitto ATP Finals, move to 1-0 in Group Mike Bryan.

The US Open finalists extended their ATP Head2Head series lead against Krawietz and Mies to 3-1. All of the four meetings between the pairs have taken place this season. Koolhof and Mektic also defeated their Germans at the Adelaide International in January and the Hamburg European Open in September.

Koolhof and Mektic put their opponents under regular pressure on serve and earned the first break of the match at 4-3, as Koolhof attacked well with his forehand. But Krawietz and Mies responded immediately. Koolhof committed double faults in crucial moments to drop serve in the next game and hand the Germans an early lead in the tie-break. Mies extended that advantage by attacking Koolhof’s second serve and struck an overhead winner to clinch the set.

After trading breaks early in the second set, Koolhof and Mektic ripped return winners in the second-set tie-break and converted their first set point with an ace to level the match. In the Match Tie-break, Koolhof returned with aggression to recover from a mini-break down. The fifth seeds clinched victory when Mies failed to control a backhand return.

Did You Know?
All eight teams competing at this year’s Nitto ATP Finals are in contention to finish as the year-end No. 1 team in the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

Source: Tennis – ATP World Tour