Marach/Pavic Survive MP, Avoid Monte-Carlo Upset

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Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic save one match point to advance in Monte-Carlo.

2018 finalists survive thriller

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, last year’s finalists, were forced to save one match point on Sunday en route to the second round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

The fifth seeds defeated Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff 5-7, 7-6(4), 11-9 after finding themselves one point from defeat on deuce deciding point at 4-5 in the second set. Marach and Pavic saved five of seven break points to set a second-round meeting with Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos. The Argentine duo beat Italians Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares also came from the brink of defeat to reach the second round. The third seeds saved three match points in a thrilling 24-point Match Tie-break to beat Rohan Bopanna and Dominic Inglot 4-6, 6-3, 13-11.

On Court 11, Karen Khachanov and Feliciano Lopez overcame Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-3. The Russian-Spanish tandem saved four of five break points to claim victory in 67 minutes.

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