Cabal/Farah Into Semi-finals After London Waiting Game
Colombians could finish as group runners up dependent on evening result
Cabal and Farah, who were presented the 2019 year-end No. 1 doubles trophy at The O2 in London on Thursday, finish group play in second place after seventh-seeded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat sixth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in two sets during the evening session.
Big serving gave the Germans their first set point at 6/5 in the tie-break, but 27-year-old Krawietz was unable to return Cabal’s serve. One set point came and went for the Colombians at 7/6, but a fine low return from Cabal, then a poach volley winner gave the top seeds the 52-minute opener.
Pumped up, the Colombians went on to break Krawietz’s serve in the first game of the second set – courtesy of a Farah backhand return, then a Cabal volley winner. They took a 5-2 lead by breaking Mies’ serve to 15.