Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Race Into Metz Final
Top seeds and defending champions Nicolas Mahut/Edouard Roger-Vasselin delighted the home crowd by reaching the Moselle Open doubles final on Saturday in Metz, powering past Dutch duo Sander Arends/David Pel 6-3, 6-1.
This year’s Wimbledon finalists (l. to Cabal/Farah) have dropped an average of five games in their three matches this week. Mahut seeks his first tour-level doubles title since winning this year’s Australian Open with Pierre-Hugues Herbert (d. Kontinen/Peers). Roger-Vasselin looks to complete a hat trick of titles in France after teaming with Ivan Dodig to prevail this season in Montpellier (d. Bonzi/Hoang) and Lyon (d. Skupski/Skupski).
Mahut/Roger-Vasselin also won this event in 2012 (d. Brunstrom/Nielsen) and Roger-Vasselin earned additional Metz crowns in 2015 (w/Kubot) and 2017 (w/Benneteau). The defending champions will play Robert Lindstedt/Jan-Lennard Struff in the championship match.
At the St. Petersburg Open, Divij Sharan/Igor Zelenay moved into the final by upsetting top seeds Nikola Mektic/Franko Skugor 7-5, 6-1. The Indian-Slovakian pair won the last five games of the match to advance in 58 minutes. Sharan opened his year by prevailing on home soil in Pune with Rohan Bopanna (d. Bambridge/O’Mara), while Zelenay seeks his first ATP Tour doubles title at age 36.