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Llodra/Mahut Celebrate First Doubles Crown

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Llodra, Mahut© Hank KosterMichael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut won their first ATP World Tour team title together, in Rotterdam.

Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut won their first ATP World Tour title in their third final together as a team.

In a clash of unseeded doubles titans, Llodra and Mahut defeated Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 6-2, 7-6(4) in 79 minutes to lift the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament trophy.

A combined 116 doubles finals on the ATP World Tour were on display between the quartet as Llodra/Mahut fired eight aces and saved all eight break points faced for the victory in Rotterdam. The tandem had fallen in two previous finals together, in Bangkok in 2007 and at Roland Garros last year.

For Llodra, it was the 33 year old’s 26th title on the doubles circuit with a 10th different partner. The Paris native had previously won the title in Rotterdam alongside Nenad Zimonjic in 2012, four years after capturing the singles crown.

"I have good memories having won here in singles and doubles already," said Llodra. "It's special to win my first tournament together with Nicolas. We've improved a lot playing together."

Mahut, meanwhile, earned his eighth doubles title a week removed from finishing runner-up alongside Marc Gicquel in Montpellier. Seven of his eight titles have come on indoor hard courts.

After winning his first ATP World Tour 500 series trophy, Mahut was already looking ahead to a potential Final Showdown berth in London. "After losing the French Open final it's the biggest one I've won in doubles. It's the first time I won a 500 so it's big. It's good for the [Emirates ATP Doubles Team] Ranking too."

The newly formed duo of Rojer and Tecau dropped to 6-1 since a second round exit at the Australian Open, having claimed the title in Zagreb last week. Rojer was competing in his 22nd tour-level final, while Tecau was in his 31st. The Romanian had prevailed in four straight finals entering Sunday’s title bout.

Llodra and Mahut split €97,720 in prize money and earn 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points, while Rojer and Tecau share €44, 090 and 300 points.

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