Herbert/Mahut Win Third Consecutive Masters 1000

Frenchmen come back from set down to claim Monte-Carlo title

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are the team to beat at the moment on the ATP World Tour. The French duo won their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in a row on Sunday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The third seeds became the first French titlists at the Monte-Carlo Country Club since 1986 (Forget/Noah) as they defeated Australian Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-0, 10-6.

"We were playing well and we also had some luck," Mahut said. "When you win matches, you're more confident and you're able to relax when you play the important points. It can turn a match around, especially in the (match) tie-break."

The final was delayed due to rain – a rare weather blip in what has been a near-perfect week in the Principality – and it was Murray/Soares who started the stronger. The British/Brazilian duo missed the chance to serve for the set at 5-4, but broke again in the 10th game to clinch the opener.

"We were the better team the first set. We were returning well, playing good," Murray said.

From there, Herbert and Mahut went on a tear, reeling off the next six games to level the match, dropping just five points on their serve. They carried that momentum into the Match Tie-break and after establishing an early 5-1 lead, fought off any hopes of a fightback from Murray/Soares as they went on to prevail in 74 minutes.

After victories in Indian Wells (d. Pospisil/Sock) and Miami (d. Klaasen/Ram), Herbert and Mahut are the first team since Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in 2014 to sweep the first three Masters 1000 titles of the season. Herbert and Mahut captured their fifth tour-level title together, a haul that includes the US Open crown last year.

"We have been very humble on the court during the last month and a half," Herbert said. "After losing the first set, we could have been overwhelmed in the second. But we weren't. We kept fighting. That means in the long-term, we can be consistent day after day."

Murray and Soares were bidding to win their third title of the season after victories in Sydney (d. Bopanna/Mergea) and Melbourne (d. Nestor/Stepanek).