French Success: Chardy/Martin Triumph In Marseille
French pairing captures title in Match Tie-break
Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin captured their second ATP Tour team title on Sunday, defeating Ben McLachlan and Matwe Middelkoop 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-3 to win the Open 13 Provence.
The French duo landed 12 aces and saved all three break points it faced to claim victory after 77 minutes. Adding to their maiden trophy from the 2017 Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Pospisil/Stepanek), Chardy and Martin are the 12th all-French team to triumph in Marseille since the tournament began in 1993.
"It feels great to win a title at home in France in front of our families and friends. It is a first for us," said Chardy.
This is Chardy's sixth ATP Tour doubles title. The 32-year-old picked up his fifth tour-level doubles crown last week in Rotterdam, alongside Henri Kontinen, at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Lifting his first ATP Tour doubles trophy since his title run with Chardy in Doha two years ago, Martin adds a fourth title to his collection. The 32-year-old has won all of his tour-level trophies on hard courts.
"We served very well during the whole match," said Chardy. "When Fabrice serves like [he did] today, it is almost impossible to break him. He also [hit] three great returns during the Match Tie-break."
"The goal is to be able to play together during the clay season," said Martin.
McLachlan and Middelkoop were bidding to lift their first team title in their third tournament appearance as a team. The third seeds played well under pressure in Marseille, surviving two Match Tie-breaks to reach the championship match.
Chardy and Martin collect 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €37,820 in prize money. McLachlan and Middelkoop earn 150 points and share €19,380.