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Andrey Rublev and Denys Molchanov defeat Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan on Sunday in Marseille.

Rublev Clinches Marseille Double

Molchanov/Rublev were competing in their first tour-level event as a team

Russia’s Andrey Rublev completed a Open 13 Provence double on Sunday as he lifted the doubles trophy with Ukrainian Denys Molchanov just hours after winning the singles title in Marseille.

The unseeded pair raised their level to rally from a set down, downing second seeds Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 to end their debut week as a team in style.

With his victory, Rublev has become just the third player to sweep both the singles and doubles titles in the tournament’s 30-year history. Swede Thomas Enqvist clinched both crowns in 1997, while Frenchman Michael Llodra accomplished the feat in 2010. Rublev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the singles final.

“It is a really special moment for me,” Molchanov said. “I have been playing this sport for a while and this is a big title for me. I have won a lot of [ATP] Challenger Tour titles, but this is different for me. When we were younger, we trained in the same place. I was helping him in the beginning and now Andrey is helping me.”

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Molchanov and Rublev won decisive Match Tie-breaks in all four of their clashes at the ATP 250 event, triumphing after one hour and 31 minutes in the final as they sealed victory on their third match point.

“When I was 15 I started to play Futures around Russia and Denys was there,” Rublev said. “We both spoke Russian and he was a big guy and I was just a kid, so he was taking me with him to dinner and to do things.”

Molchanov was competing in his second tour-level final, having lost in the Gstaad championship match in 2018 with Igor Zelenay. Rublev has now earned three ATP Tour doubles titles, also triumphing in Moscow in 2015 with Dmitry Tursunov and Doha last season with Aslan Karatsev.

Klaasen, 39, and McLachlan, 29, were aiming to win their third tour-level crown together, after enjoying title runs in Cologne in 2020 and Washington last year.