Like Old Times For French Pairing In Marseille
It's as if they do this together every week. Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, playing together for the first time since 2012, won the Open 13 Marseille doubles title on Sunday. The top seeds prevailed 6-4, 6-7(9), 10-5 against Dutchman Robin Haase and Brit Dominic Inglot, who were going for their first team doubles crown.
“When Julien asked me to play with him I immediately said yes. For me, this victory is very important and it means a lot,” Mahut said.
Benneteau/Mahut won nearly 80 per cent of their first-serve points and saved four of six break points faced. Years ago, the two were a consistent pairing on the ATP World Tour. They won two titles together – 2003 Metz and 2009 Lyon – both of which were played indoors, like the Open 13 Marseille. Benneteau/Mahut also reached a pair of US Open semi-finals.
The two have since moved on to new and successful partnerships, but they played together this week like a veteran team, especially during tight matches. Benneteau/Mahut won three of their four matches in Match Tie-breaks. For winning the title, they'll receive 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €33,620.
“Winning this week with Nico in Marseille, it is very nice! It is a real pleasure! I would love to play with him again if I can,” Benneteau said.
Haase was going for his third career doubles title, and Inglot, his seventh. They'll receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €17,670.