Third seeds grab opening set via tiebreaker
The match began with three of the four players holding their serve pretty comfortably. However, on the Marach service game, Nestor/Johnson grabbed the first breakpoints of the game at 15-40. But the Austrian managed to come through to level at 2-2 with all four players holding.
Johnson and Nestor continued to put pressure on the third seeds and after holding serve, the American hit a forehand winner to earn a breakpoint opportunity at 30-40 in the fifth game. At their fourth attempt, they broke to take a 2-4 lead.
But they were in danger of gifting the break straight back as a forehand winner from Marach sent the game to a deciding point. The veteran Canadian pulled through to make it 2-5. The Austrian-Croatian pairing started their comeback by holding serve in the eighth game for 3-5.
The third seeds then grabbed triple break points and though they had two break points saved, they broke back and Pavic consolidated to for 5-5. The 45-year-old and 37-year-old both held their service games to send the game to a tiebreaker. Marach and Pavic got the only break of the breaker at 5-3 before going on to seal the set with an Austrian winner, 7-6(4).
Marach and Pavic pull through to progress
Almost immediately, Johnson/Nestor found themselves two breakpoints behind in the opening game of the second set. Marach's serve sent the game to a deciding point before winning the next point and holding for 1-0. Just like the opening set, all four players held their opening service games to level the set at 2-2.
The Austrian held his serve to love to lead 3-2. He then forced the Canadian veteran to hit a volley into the net as he and Pavic picked up triple breakpoints. Johnson's attempted lob went long off the baseline to concede the break before smashing a ball out the stadium in frustration.
But he put that behind him as he and Nestor came from 15-40 behind to send the game to a deciding point. But Johnson once again became frustrated as he sent a forehand long to fall 5-2 behind against the third seeds.
All Nestor could do was hold his serve to force the Australian Open champions to serve for the match at 5-3. Following a mini-rally, the third seeds gained a match point with an overhead volley thanks to Marach. The Austrian then finished the set 6-3 and the match to advance.