Gombos grabs late break, wins opening set
Mahut began the match by holding serve to love. The second game saw two break points go Mahut's way at 15-40. An ace followed by a serve out wide brought the game to deuce. The Frenchman would have one more break point but Gombos denied him and came through a tough test for 1-1. Mahut held his second game and applied more pressure on the Slovakian. At 30-all, Gobos played a shanked forehand which led to a break point going against him. He then double-faulted and handed the first break to Mahut at 1-3.
However, he failed to capitalise and Gombos struck back immediately with a forehand winner. This was followed by a hold of serve from love-30 down as Gombos drew level at 3-3. The next three games saw holds of serve with the score now at 5-4. Serving to stay in the set, the Slovakian hit an unforced error and a set point went the Frenchman's way. An ace down the t saw the game go to deuce before going on to hold for 5-5. Gombos broke in the next game and then sealed the set 7-5 to love.
Mahut fights back, forces a decider
The start of the second set saw both players hold their serve pretty easily. The next 5 games were also held of serve with the set at 4-3 with Mahut in front. In the eighth game, the Frenchman gained a break point at 30-40.
A backhand error allowed Mahut to grab the break and go 3-5 ahead in the set. Serving for the second set, Mahut raced away to a love-40 lead. Gombos then saved two set points but couldn't bring the game to deuce as the Frenchman struck a backhand which forced the error and a third set, 3-6.
Gombos shocks Mahut, advances to the quarterfinal as a qualifier
Mahut brought up double break points 15-40 at the start of the set. An ace followed by a unforced error saw the game go to deuce. Gombos won the next two points and avoided going down early, holding for 1-0. The Slovak then gained his first break point of the set after making Mahut chase down a number of shots before drilling a forehand winner.
A forehand planted on the baseline forced Mahut to hit the unforced error as Gombos broke for 3-1 before holding to love for 4-1. In the next game, Mahut was forced to save more break points, two of them as he held for 4-2. Now serving for the match at 5-3, Gombos slammed down an ace and earned a set point at 30-40.
However, he got tight and failed to close the match with Mahut then going on to bring up a break point. The Slovak would begin the game to deuce but with the crowd on his side, Mahut gained a second break point in the game and took his chances and broke back for 5-4. He consolidated to draw level at 5-5. Mahut then applied pressure and the next game saw him squander three break points as Gombos eventually held for 6-5. Mahut also held serve, much more easily and forced a tiebreaker. The Slovak grabbed match point at 6-4 and despite having one saved, he hit a big serve down the line and finished the match once and for all.