Herbert/Mahut Oust Bryans To Reach Miami Final

Frenchmen eye second straight Masters 1000 crown

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are one win away from completing the Indian Wells-Miami double.

The fifth-seeded Frenchmen knocked out defending champions and No. 4 seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the final of the Miami Open presented by Itau. They capitalised on three of their five break points chances, while saving all three faced, to clinch victory in exactly one hour. 

The Bryans had been looking to win their third straight Miami title and fifth overall (2007-08, ’14-15).

Herbert and Mahut extended their winning streak on U.S. soil to 15 matches, beginning with their title run at the 2015 US Open. They claimed their team’s first Masters 1000 title two weeks ago at the BNP Paribas Open, where they dethroned Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the final.

Herbert and Mahut will face Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram for the title. The South African/American duo upended Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi 6-4, 6-2 in the other semi-final. Klaasen and Ram saved all four break points faced and advanced in 69 minutes.

Klaasen and Ram defeated reigning Australian Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in their Miami opener, avenging their Melbourne quarter-final loss.