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Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Capture Third Title

Doubles 2012

Mahut, Roger-Vasselin© A Briand – Moselle OpenNicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won their third ATP World Tour team title.

French second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won their third ATP World Tour team title on Sunday as they defeated fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen 7-6(3), 6-4 in the final of the Moselle Open in Metz.

Mahut and Roger-Vasselin broke serve twice and capitalised on eight double faults from their opponents to claim victory in 85 minutes. The Frenchmen also won their first two titles on home soil, triumphing at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (d. Hanley/Murray) and the Open 13 in Marseille (d. Brown/Tsonga) earlier in the season.

The 30-year-old Mahut won his sixth ATP World Tour doubles title in 10 finals, while the 28-year-old Roger-Vasselin improved to a perfect 3-0 mark in finals.

“It is fantastic to win here again; it was the first tournament I won in 2003 [w/ Julien Benneteau], and I believe I came back every year since then,” said Mahut. “We had again a great week with Edouard. We dropped only one set all week, and after winning in Montpellier and Marseille, we are proving to be a very solid team and it’s a pleasure to lift a third title in France this year.”

“I am delighted to be able to win here in Metz; each time I come here the organisation makes me feel like at home,” said Roger-Vasselin. “It was again a great week with Nicolas. It’s a pity we don’t get to play more together because I really think we could have a shot at qualifying for the [Barclays ATP World Tour] Finals.”

Sweden’s Brunstrom dropped to a 1-10 record in finals, with his lone title coming two years ago in Gstaad (w/ Nieminen). Nielsen of Denmark was contesting just his second tour-level final, having won his first title in spectacular fashion with Jonathan Marray at Wimbledon. 

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