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Davydenko/Istomin Win Montpellier Doubles Title

Montpellier, France

Davydenko, Istomin© OSDF/JBA Nikolday Davydenko and Denis Istomin teamed up to lift the Montpellier trophy.

Nikolay Davydenko and Denis Istomin lifted their first ATP World Tour doubles team title on Sunday.

The Russian and Uzbekistani defeated French duo Marc Gicquel and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 in 64 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Davydenko and Istomin each add a second doubles crown to their trophy cabinets. Davydenko won the 2004 Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow title with Igor Andreev, while Istomin lifted the trophy last year with Mikhail Elgin.

The duo splits €23,500 in prize money and earns 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.

“I am very happy to have won with Denis this week,” said Davydenko. “I know it’s not singles, but it is still a good result and a good week. I enjoy playing in France and here in Montpellier. I come every year and if I am still around, and able to, I will be back next year.”

Istomin admitted, “It was a good week for us. This was unusual to team up for the doubles, since we both focus on our singles, but we spoke about it at the Australian Open and decided to do it this week. It was my first time in Montpellier and I really enjoyed the week and felt really comfortable.”

Gicquel and Mahut were playing together for the first time since August 2008 at New Haven. The Frenchmen had each lifted the Montpellier trophy before – Mahut with Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 2012 and Gicquel with Michael Llodra last year.

Gicquel is now 4-3 in ATP World Tour doubles finals and Mahut is 7-7 overall in team title matches. They share €12,350 and earn 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.

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