ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 5
Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Lift Montpellier Trophy; Gil/Gimeno Traver Win Vina del Mar Crown
by ATP Staff|
Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin captured their first ATP World Tour title at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier Sunday, defeating No. 3 seeds Paul Hanley and Jamie Murray 6-4, 7-6(4). "It means a lot to me," Roger-Vasselin told ATPWorldTour.com. "Nicolas and I won a few titles at the Challenger level, but to win a title on the ATP World Tour, especially in France, it's wonderful."
The French pair fired 12 aces, won 93 per cent of their first serve points, and converted the only break of serve in the match to lift the trophy in one hour and 23 minutes. They did not drop a set or lose serve during the tournament. "We had a great week, playing well each round," said Mahut. "Today, I feel we both served very well. We had one break point in the first set, and we made it, and then won the tie-break in the second set. We knew it was going to be hard as we were playing a good team. It's great to win a title in France."
Mahut levelled his doubles final record to a 4-4 mark, while Roger-Vasselin celebrated his first career tour-level title. The two had previously teamed up to win four titles on the ATP Challenger Tour. "We want to play again in Marseille, so hopefully we get in," Roger-Vasselin said. "If we can play as well as we did here, maybe we'll have a chance to win again."
Hanley and Murray were bidding to win their first title together, having joined forces at the start of the season. Hanley fell to a 25-21 final record and Murray dropped to 7-5 in title matches.
At the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Frederico Gil and Daniel Gimeno-Traver captured their first ATP World Tour doubles title together with a 1-6, 7-5, 12-10 victory over fourth seeds Pablo Andujar and Carlos Berlocq. Earlier, Berlocq had also finished runner-up in the singles final against Juan Monaco.
In recovering from a one-set deficit, Portugal’s Gil and Gimeno-Traver of Spain converted two of their six break point chances, and denied their opponents on seven of 11 opportunities before clinching victory in a Match Tie-break after 82 minutes.
The 26-year-old Gil was contesting his first ATP World Tour doubles final, while Gimeno-Traver, also 26, was appearing in his second final after finishing runner-up in Costa do Sauipe with Andujar last year.
"It’s a good feeling,” said Gimeno-Traver. "I’m very happy for me and also for Frederico. It was a very tough match. We were 6-1 down in 15 minutes and everything was going so fast. At the end we could turn it up and win the title."
Gil added, "As Danny said, we played well this week and I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I’m feeling happy because we won our first ATP title. It was a great week here and I’ll keep working for the next tournament."