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Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil did not drop a set en route to the Open 13 Provence title.

Mahut/Pospisil Capture Marseille Trophy

Unseeded pair owns 8-1 team record

In just their third event as a team, Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil lifted their second team title at the Open 13 Provence on Sunday.

The French-Canadian tandem, making its first appearance since winning the 2016 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, saved both break points it faced to beat Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic 6-3, 6-4 after 72 minutes.

“It was an incredible week. Honestly, I thought we played really clean the whole way through from the first round,” said Pospisil. “We played really solid. Served well, returned well all week and we had a great energy on the court. That’s obviously very important in doubles.”

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Mahut and Pospisil have won eight consecutive matches as a pairing, with their only defeat coming in 2015 on their team debut in Rotterdam. The unseeded duo did not drop a set en route to the title in Marseille, which included back-to-back victories against top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies and second seeds Koolhof and Mektic.

This is Mahut’s third title run in Marseille. The Frenchman triumphed alongside Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 2012 and also lifted the trophy with Julien Benneteau in 2017. Mahut owns 30 tour-level doubles crowns.

“It is always special to win a tournament at home. We don’t play that much in France,” said Mahut. “When you have the opportunity to play in France, most of the time I do it. When you have the chance to play with a good partner like Vasek, it is a great opportunity. I am really happy about this win.”

Pospisil improves to 7-7 in tour-level doubles championship matches. This is the Canadian’s first ATP Tour doubles title since claiming the Rotterdam trophy with Mahut in 2016.

“It’s a pleasure playing with Nico, I think he’s the best doubles player in the world, in my opinion,” said Pospisil. “[He has] the best volleys and he’s also a really good guy. I think we just have a great time on the court and we are a great team.”

Koolhof and Mektic were attempting to capture their first title in their maiden final as a team. The second seeds began their partnership last month at the Adelaide International and own a 5-4 record.

Mahut and Pospisil receive 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and share €39,130 in prize money. Koolhof and Mektic gain 150 points and split €20,050.