Mahut/Herbert Defend Title In London
Frenchmen celebrate fourth tour-level team title of season
The top seeds broke twice in the first set and earned a mini-break on their first match point to win their fourth tour-level team title of the season. The Frenchmen captured three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments earlier this year (Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo) and now have won titles on hard courts, clay and grass this season. The win also marks their sixth career tour-level team title. Individually, Mahut has now won 15 tour-level doubles titles; Herbert, seven.
“We just stick together even when we have to go through bad times. We know each other pretty well,” Mahut said. “Also, we have a lot of confidence now from last year. We won a lot of matches, and we know when it's really, really difficult during the match, we are going to find a solution.”
Neither team could earn a break in the second, and they exchanged two mini-breaks in the early goings of the tie-break. But at 4-5, Mahut/Herbert won three consecutive points to improve to 2-0 against Guccione/Sa (Metz 2015).
“We started well from the beginning. We played a great first set. We missed a little bit of our chances in the beginning of the second,” Herbert said. “We kept it together and tried our best, and we are so happy to get through and win the title.”
Mahut/Herbert will receive 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €120,900. Guccione/Sa will receive 300 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings point and split €57,130.
The champions looked forward to celebrating in their own ways. Mahut planned to to go back to France and spend time with his wife and son. Herbert was sticking around London. “I'm going to see Coldplay tonight so I have to hurry up,” he said.
The final was Guccione and Sa's second match of the day. They resumed their semi-final match with Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at 3-3 after the match was suspended because of darkness on Saturday. Guccione/Sa won 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 in one hour and 24 minutes.