In a very tight affair, the duo of Roger Federer and Nicolas Mahut beat Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov 11-9 in the tiebreaker, after the first two sets were also won on tiebreaks. In the entire match, only a single break was obtained by both teams, and it was an extremely tight affair in the tiebreak as well, with the match being anybody’s game uptil 9-9. Federer-Mahut held their nerve better, however, and won the match. Here are the match stats –
Roger explained his reason for playing doubles in Brisbane as getting matches under his belt, as that was of prime importance. It has worked out well so far – he’s playing a match everyday in conditions that are very similar to those that will be found in Melbourne, so the hours that he is putting in this tournament will go a long way in Australia. Add to that the confidence that comes with winning matches, and Roger’s start to the season simply could not have been better. He will next play Marinko Matosevic of Australia tomorrow, and will look to seal a semifinal spot.
You can catch the match highlights here:
By the way, I would like to applaud the work of the Web Development Team of the Brisbane International Tournament – they provide us with stats and highlights very quickly. Kudos, you’re doing great!