US Open: Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut progress to the semifinals with a straight sets win over Robert Lindstedt/Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut advanced to the semifinal with a 6-3, 7-6(4) over Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi at the US Open. They will face Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares for a place in the final. The Brazilian/British pair defeated Chris Guccione and Andre Sa in two hours 23 minutes. 

Herbert/Mahut grab early break

The French pair of Herbert/Mahut settled quickly in this match. They held with ease to get the match underway. In just the second game of the set, the world number one pair grabbed a double break point. Qureshi managed to save both of them to send the game to deuce, however, they gained another and after a double-fault from the Pakistani, the French team broke.

An ace from Mahut helped them consolidate their break as they went 3-0 up. It was the Swede Robert Lindstedt who held serve and their nerves as he and Qureshi finally got on the board at 3-1. With both teams holding serve from then on in and Herbert/Mahut with a break, they found themselves serving for the set at 5-3. They reached their first set point at 40-15 and after an unforced error from the team of Lindstedt and Qureshi, the 2015 champions won the set 6-3. 

Herbert/Mahut pushed to tiebreaker; book spot in last four

Both teams looked comfortable in the set. Having struggled to get a game until the fourth game in the first set, Qureshi settled any nerves and held serve to love to get the pair on the scoreboard. They were followed by a hold from the world number two player, Herbert. After both teams got on the board in the set, they looked comfortable holding serve and putting one another under pressure.

erre-Hugues Herbert (L) and Nicolas Mahut of France react against Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (L) and Nicolas Mahut of France react against Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The closest a team got to breaking was in the 11th game. Herbert and Mahut sent the game to 30-all before going on to win the next point to bring up a first break point opportunity in the set. However, Lindstedt's big serving got the team out of trouble as they went on to hold and stay infront at 5-6. The French team held their serve to send the set into a tiebreaker. Just like the set, both teams looked deadlocked in the tiebreaker until the tenth point, when Herbert/Mahut went a mini-break ahead. From that moment they never looked back and served out a straight sets victory. 

In a match that lasted one hour 24 minutes, the pair of Herbert and Mahut never faced a break point while also going on to hit eight aces as they progressed through to the semifinals and go one step closer to retaining their title.