Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic suffered a surprise defeat at the ATP Finals on Tuesday as they lost to Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
Granollers and Zeballos pulled off a 6-4 7-6 (4) win to improve to 2-0 in their group and book a semifinal ticket.
Granollers and Zeballos made a good start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the third game.
Granollers and Zeballos didn’t allow a single break point in the first set as they served out for the opener in the 10th game.
Granollers and Zeballos saved a break point in the eighth game of the second set but also failed to convert any of their three break points in the following game.
Mektic and Pavic had a good chance to force a decider but they failed to realize any of their two set points in the 10th game..
Granollers and Zeballos took a comfortable 6-2 lead in the tie-break before realizing their third match point to complete a straight-set win.
Mektic and Pavic not certain for the semifinal
Mektic and Pavic will meet Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau in their final group stage match at the ATP Finals.
In Tuesday’s evening sessions, Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek best Krawietz and Tecau 7-6 (2) 7-5 to improve to 1-1 in the group.
Dodig and Polasek failed to convert a set point in the 12th game of the first set but dominated the tie-break to win the opener.
Dodig and Polasek then claimed the first break of the match in the 11th game of the second set, before serving out for the match in the following game.
At the start of the ATP Finals, Mektic and Pavic — who arrived to Turin as the top favorites to win their 10th title of the season — were presented the year-end No. 1 trophy.
“To be honest I was hoping we can be the best,” Mektic admitted. “I knew we were going to be good, no reason not to [expect that], but I was hoping we could be the best. “Of course, it’s tough to expect nine titles especially three Masters Series, Grand Slam, Olympics. Those are unbelievable titles, unbelievable results, it’s tough to expect something like this. But I was confident that we could be the best team in the world.”