Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin, Krajicek/Mahut Reach Miami Final Via Match Tie-Breaks
Both doubles semi-finals went the distance on Thursday at the Miami Open presented by Itau, with a pair of Match Tie-breaks deciding the finalists at the ATP Masters 1000 event. Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin will face Austin Krajicek and Nicolas Mahut in Saturday's title match after both teams won their second Match Tie-break in as many matches to advance to the trophy round.
Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin edged Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-4, 5-7, 12-10 to back up their quarter-final upset of top seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski. The unseeded Mexican-French pair also knocked off seventh seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the opening round.
A single break of serve decided both sets before Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin clinched victory on their third match point of the Match Tie-break.
Krajicek/Mahut were 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 winners against Kevin Krawietz and Fabrice Martin thanks to their third Match Tie-break win of the tournament, the first of which came against third seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the first round.
Trailing 6/8 in the decider, the American-French duo won the final four points of the match to book a place in Saturday's final. Krajicek/Mahut will be seeking their first title as a pair while Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin bid for their second title of 2023, having previously triumphed in Marseille.