It was the only major title missing from their charts, possibly waiting for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. Beaten last year in the final by Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after having a match point at the end of their racket, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut this time have not trembled to get a first title at the Masters London. Ace of Herbert to conclude the first round, a Mahut winning service on their first match point, for a clear two-set victory over Klaasen / Venus, 6-3, 6-4. Two weeks after their victory at the Masters 1000 in Paris, the doubles bosses are back.
“To be in the final again here, after last year's, it's like a second chance and we'll try to grab it.” The luck was seized with both hands, and the disillusionment of last year definitely forgotten. Arrived in the final with an immaculate record of 3 victories and 6 sets won for zero lost (14 sets won rank if we go back to the Masters 1000 in Paris), Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have honored their status as favorites. Once again this Sunday, they have been untouchable and have always evolved a notch above their opponents.
Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus have probably missed one of their meager chances at the start of this final. Three opportunities to break the French duo in the third game of the match: three gifts that Herbert and Mahut will take pleasure in sweeping away a hand, before taking the lead in the next game to conclude serenely this first run on an ace of a Pierre-Hugues Herbert to sharp sharpness this Sunday.
Strong on their faceoff (83% points won behind their first ball), the Tricolores have never released the vice and have reproduced a second round in the image of the first. A breakaway bullet saved, before the stab in the next game with a break on a new double-foul Klaasen. And this time, no shaking arm at the moment of conclusion. A winning service from Nicolas Mahut and a no-frills coronation in 1:10 to finally raise the arms in London.
Herbert and Mahut find their good habits
A win, the second for a 100% French duo at the Masters after Llodra / Santoro in 2005, which confirms more than ever the good form of the Herbert-Mahut duo despite a hectic season. Separated for a few months this season following the desire of the first to focus on his career in singles, the two lights have met for the US Open and have resumed their good habits on the stage of the double win, again and again. A new title that adds to the four titles of the Grand Slam – including the Australian Open last January – and seven Masters 1000 already won. Still higher, pending the Davis Cup next week in Madrid.