Tennis: Mahut and Herbert kings of Turin

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert raise their arms to the sky and fall into each other’s arms. And two! After London in 2019, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won their second Masters title by beating in the ATP Final this Sunday Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in straight sets (6-4, 7-6) at the Pala Alpitour from Turin.

The French pair (seeded number 3) took revenge on the American and the British (seeded 2) against whom they lost on Wednesday in the pool, despite two match points (6-7, 6- 0, 13-11).

They made a real show of force during this final. As in the semifinals, they did not concede any break point. Very strong in service and in returns, Mahut and Herbert managed the entry break at 1-1 in the first round they won (6-4). Then, they were still very solid to sign an anthology tie-break (7-0). “There was a little stress for this tie-break but Nicolas was exceptional on the return”, slips Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Mahut had his head in the clouds. “It’s amazing to win these Masters for the second time. I have no words. We had lost in hens against them. We knew we had to raise our level of play. And we had our best game of the week in this final. “

“We want to continue together for a few more years”

With these second Masters, they enter even more into the legend of French tennis by adding yet another title to their impressive track record which already included five Grand Slam tournaments (US Open in 2015, Wimbledon in 2016, Roland-Garros in 2018 and 2021, Australian Open in 2019) and seven Masters 1000 tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo in 2016, Rome, Montreal and Cincinnati in 2017, Paris-Bercy in 2019). And it could still go on.

“It’s hard to compare and say if this is our best season. But winning a Grand Slam with us at Roland Garros, and finishing here, it’s true that it’s special. We want to continue together for a few more years, ”smiles Nicolas Mahut. “He’s almost 40 years old but he’s still getting younger. It is an honor and a privilege to play alongside him, ”concludes Herbert.

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