‘The teachers’ made good the prognoses and not without suffering. Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the decisive doubles match that decanted the clash between France and Czech Republic at the inauguration of the headquarters of Innsbruck. The Gauls feared for their favoritism after a fantastic start from the Czech couple, Machac and Lehecka.
The decisive match was reached on Tyrol soil after the defeat of Richard Gasquet before Machac himself and the great comeback of Mannarino a Vesely. France was on the wire throughout the round, and even in the doubles match, in which they were clear candidates, they feared for victory.
And is that Mahut and Herbert, champions of the Turn ATP Finals and one of the best couples on the circuit, they didn’t start well and lost 3-6 in the first round. They had to wait until the fifth game of the second set to break the Czech serve for the first time and, from then on, they were a roller on the court.
In the last manga they took out their usual repertoire to impose themselves. France suffered to start the Davis Cup, but leaves with the first blow after the marathon tie of the day. The third rival is the complete Great Britain, who can dream of the quarterfinals if he can successfully beat his rivals.