The first day in the Red Group ended with the defeat of the Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (couple No. 5) against the French Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (No. 3). The 2019 champions, very solid throughout the game, won with sets of 7-6 (1) and 6-4.
The meeting went as expected: the four tennis players, specialists for years in this modality, left their mark in Turin with great executions and parity was a characteristic of the match. However, the French tennis players remained constant and beat the historic South Americans at specific moments.
Thus, after one hour and 32 minutes, they achieved an important victory that leaves them with great chances of reaching the semifinals. The Colombians, who appeared for the third time at the ATP Finals and were never able to reach the final stage, will have to win the next match to continue dreaming.
They will face the pair made up of the Brazilian Bruno Soares and the British Jamie Murray (No. 7), who at the beginning of the day lost to the American Rajeev Ram and the English Joe Salisbury (Nº2) by 6-1 and 7-6 (1).
It should be remembered that in the Green Group, the Argentinian Horacio Zeballos, in company by the Spanish Marcel granollers overcame a very tough premiere before the couple made up of the Croatian Ivan Dodig and the Slovak Filip Polasek in three sets and they march with a good outlook in the tournament.
His next opponents will be the top favorites for the title: Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic. The Croats lead the group after beating German Kevin Krawietz and Romanian Horia Tecau 6-4 and 6-4.