the Mahut-Herbert pair wins the Paris Masters 1000

The French duo won Sunday their first title in Bercy, taking the best on the Russian pair Khachanov-Rublev.

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won their fourteenth title together, at Bercy.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won their fourteenth title together, at Bercy. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

At this rate, there will soon be very little left to complete their bingo. By winning Sunday, November 3, in the final of the Masters 1000 Paris-Bercy, the French pair Nicolas Mahut-Pierre-Hugues Herbert won his first trophy in the enclosure of Bercy. Who joins, on the shelf – maybe it's a room? – the four Grand Slam titles, and six of the nine 1000 Masters of the circuit. Now, only the titles of the Madrid and Shanghai tournaments are missing from their charts to align the complete series.

Unhappy finalists in the Palais Omnisports of Paris-Bercy in 2016, the French duo, reformed in August after a long spring break – Herbert wishing to focus on his career in singles – savored the 14e title conquered together, at the expense of the Russian pair Khachanov-Rublev (6-4, 6-1).

Superior to the duet led by the winner of last year at Bercy (singles), especially on the fly, Mahut and Herbert have returned to their great years. Like a couple who reform, after a temporary separation. "After the year we knew, it was important to win here, with Pierre-Huguessaid Nicolas Mahut at the end of the match. As in a couple, it is not easy every day, but our great strength, even if we are different, is to say things with frankness. " And since the Vienna tournament, in the autumn, things have "Again" clicked "" for the best pair in the history of French tennis, which succeeds the Llodra-Clément duo, winner at Bercy in 2006.

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Tokyo 2020 goal

"I was in the stands during Ivanisevic's victory (1993), and I thought that one day it would be amazing to be on the court and to be able to win this tournament, reported Nicolas Mahut at the microphone of the speaker. In singles, I was not strong enough. So thanks to Pierre-Hugues, I have this feeling today. And I hope that in the stands, a little boy dreams of playing on this court, and that he will one day have this chance. "

Meanwhile, as in their successful campaign at Roland Garros, two years ago, his son Natanael jumped into the arms of the Angevin as soon as the title obtained. Will he do the same at the end of the London Masters, the finals of the tennis season, which begins in a week and for which the pair of his father is qualified? A title missing from Mahut and Herbert's bingo, just like Olympic gold, which they aspire to next summer in Tokyo.

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