Cabal/Farah Storm Back For Nice Title
"It's a great experience," Farah said following the match. "It's never too shabby to win tournaments and it's a great feeling. No better place to do it than in Nice, with a great atmosphere. The weather was perfect and I'm very happy."
After dropping the opening set, the Colombian duo turned the match around with a break for 4-3 in the second set, as Pavic and Venus double faulted on break point. The final would extend to a Match Tie-break, where Cabal and Farah clawed back from a 5-3 deficit to take the title.
The top seeds notched their third team title of the 2016 season and first away from South American soil, after lifting trophies in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in February. It's their seventh ATP World Tour team doubles title in total. They split €25,070 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. They were previously runners-up in Nice in 2013 (l. to Brunstrom/Klaasen).
"This is a tournament that has given us great memories," said Cabal. "We play really well here. We feel it on court. It will give us confidence for the next weeks."
Second seeds Pavic and Venus, meanwhile, were bidding for their fourth crown of the season, having captured titles in Auckland, Montpellier and Marseille. They fell to 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals overall and take home €13,170 in prize money and 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Last year, the tandem won their first team title in Nice, stunning Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.