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French Duo Wins Marseille Doubles Crown

Marseille, France

Roger-Vasselin, Benneteau© Yohan Brandt - Open 13Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau won their first team title.

French second seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won their first ATP World Tour team title Sunday as they defeated Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray 4-6, 7-6(6), 13-11 in the final of the Open 13 in Marseille.

Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin saved six match points as they prevailed in one hour and 39 minutes, winning five points fewer than their Australian/British opponents.

“I’ve never saved six match points in a doubles match before,” said Roger-Vasselin. “We never gave up and we knew that we could come back because we returned well. It was great to play in an almost full stadium with the crowd behind us.”

Benneteau added, “Our opponents played very well today. They had a great start in the match tie-break with some excellent returns. I’m very happy that we managed to come back and win our first tournament together.”

Both Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won the Marseille title for the second time. Benneteau had previously triumphed in 2010 with Michael Llodra, while Roger-Vasselin lifted the trophy in 2012 with Nicolas Mahut.

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