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French Duo Wins Roland Garros Doubles Crown

Paris, France

Doubles© AFP/Getty ImagesEdouard Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau are the first French winners at Roland Garros since 1984.

Eleventh seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin became the first French doubles champions at Roland Garros since 1984 on Saturday evening in Paris as they defeated Spaniards Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6(1).

The last French pair to triumph at Roland Garros had been Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah. Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin are just the fourth French duo in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam championship.

"It was a great feeling," said Roger-Vasselin. "One of the, no, the best moment of my career. The match point and also La Marseillaise, unbelievable. I have no words to (describe) this. Too good."

Both Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin lifted their first major trophies. They were making just their third Grand Slam appearance together. The 32-year-old Benneteau’s previous best Grand Slam showing had been semi-finals at the US Open in 2004 and ’07 with Nicolas Mahut. The 30-year-old Roger-Vasselin was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year with Rohan Bopanna.

"Honestly, I won't exchange one of my finals, my loss in finals in singles, for this title," said Benneteau. "Even if it is in doubles.

"Frankly, it's the fact that it's Roland Garros. 30 years. People have been waiting for 30 years for a French team. It's Yannick and Henri, probably the best French tennis players ever. So that's a lot."

It is the second team title for Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin, who lifted their first trophy in Marseille in February, saving six match points to beat Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray.

Granollers and Lopez were also contesting their first major final, having ousted the defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals. The Spaniards won their biggest title to date at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Bhupathi/Bopanna).
 

Watch Doubles Final Highlights (Courtesy: French Tennis Federation)

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