Double Delight As Zverevs Triumph In Montpellier
Sascha Zverev wins singles and doubles crowns
It was double delight for Alexander Zverev on Sunday at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Hot on the heels of winning his second ATP World Tour singles crown, the 19-year-old German paired with older brother, Mischa Zverev, to win the doubles crown.
The duo defeated second seeds Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7 in 86 minutes to lift the trophy at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. It is the first ATP World Tour doubles crown for the Zverev brothers, who had finished runners-up in Munich in 2015 and in Montpellier last year.
"It was an amazing week," said Mischa Zverev. "Congrats to my brother, winning singles and doubles for the first time. It's always special playing doubles with him, especially playing well and winning. I'm really, really happy. I didn't expect it."
Zverev, who beat Richard Gasquet in the singles final, is the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed at Newport in 2014. It is also the first time a pair of brothers won the doubles title after one of them had won the singles crown since Andy Murray did the double with Jamie Murray in Tokyo six years ago.
"It's great to win singles and doubles," said Alexander Zverev. "I'm very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs."
The 29-year-old Mischa Zverev collected his third ATP World Tour doubles title, nine years on from winning a pair of titles with Mikhail Youzhny in Tokyo and Halle. It is Alexander Zverev’s first doubles trophy.
Martin and Nestor enjoyed a strong debut week together. The 30-year-old Martin, who won the Doha doubles crown with Jeremy Chardy at the start of the year, dropped to a 3-5 doubles final record. Nestor, 44, was seeking his 92nd tour-level doubles crown (91-60 finals record).