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Llodra/Mahut Close To Ending French Drought

Paris, France

Doubles© Getty ImagesLlodra and Mahut are bidding to become the first French champions since 1984.

Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut are one win away from becoming the first French men’s doubles champions at Roland Garros since Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah in 1984. They reached the final on Thursday with a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos.

The French pairing did not face a break point in the 75-minute semi-final, winning 80 per cent of their first service points and breaking their South American opponents twice. 

The 33-year-old Llodra is bidding to win his fourth Grand Slam doubles title, following victories at the Australian Open in 2003 and 2004 with Fabrice Santoro and at Wimbledon in 2007 with Arnaud Clement. The 31-year-old Mahut is through to his first major final.

In the final, Llodra and Mahut will face top-seeded Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who are bidding to win their second Roland Garros title. The twins came through a rain-interrupted match with seventh seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-4 in 67 minutes.

The Bryans won their first Grand Slam championship at Roland Garros in 2003 (d. Haarhuis/Kafelnikov) and in January this year lifted their 13th major title at the Australian Open (d. Haase/Sijsling). They are through to the final in Paris for the fifth time, having also finished runners-up in 2005-06 and 2012 (l. to Mirnyi/Nestor).

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