Kubot/Roger-Vasselin Claim Metz Title
The Polish-French pair earned a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 victory over US Open champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in one hour and 16 minutes, halting the French duo's win streak at nine. Competing in their first tournament together, the second seeds stormed back from an early 4-1 deficit in the Match Tie-break. They later trailed 7-5 before reeling off five straight points for the victory.
"Thank you to Edouard for signing up with me at the last minute," said Kubot. "It was a great final. The atmosphere and the organisation of the tournament was perfect. The most important thing was that we tried our best and while it was our first time together, I hope it's not the last. I'm looking forward to coming back next year and playing with Edouard again."
Both players have enjoyed considerable success with different partners throughout the 2015 season. For Kubot, it was the Pole's 12th ATP World Tour crown and third of the year, with three different partners on three different surfaces. He previously hoisted the 's-Hertogenbosch trophy with Ivo Karlovic and prevailed on the clay of Bastad with Jeremy Chardy. Roger-Vasselin won his 11th ATP World Tour crown, capturing his third title of the year with different partners as well. He also won in Bogota with Radek Stepanek and at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati with Daniel Nestor. They split €24,280 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.
Herbert and Mahut, meanwhile, dropped their first match since being crowned US Open champions. Herbert fell to 3-3 in tour-level doubles finals, while Mahut dropped to 10-10. Currently at No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, they bring home €12,760 and 150 points.