Herbert/Mahut Win Doubles Crown
Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut clinched the US Open men’s doubles title and their first Grand Slam with a 6-4, 6-4 win over eighth seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers.
The 12th seeds saved all five break points faced and needed 1 hour and 9 minutes to dispatch the British-Australian team. Herbert converted the team’s second match point with a backhand volley winner. They are the first all-French team to win the doubles title at Flushing Meadows and their victory marks the ninth Grand Slam in a row that has been won by a different men’s doubles team.
Herbert gave credit to his partner, with whom he lost the 2015 Australian Open doubles final to Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli. Herbert was 0-4 at majors prior to partnering Mahut at the 2015 Australian Open, where they reached the final. "He deserves it, he came to me last year and said, 'Come on, let's play together, I believe in you’,” recalled Herbert. "It feels incredible...[I'm] so grateful to be here."
"I've never seen someone play the last game like this in a Grand Slam final," Mahut said of Herbert's volleys in the final game, which enabled them to break. "It was unbelievable." The 33-year-old Mahut said he was proud to be part of the first French men's doubles team to win the US Open. "It's a privilege to hold the trophy," he said.
“I’m starting to know what Andy felt like for a long time,” said Murray, who along with Peers, lost the 2015 Wimbledon doubles final against Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. “We’re going to keep trying to get over the line and get a Grand Slam title.” By reaching the final, Murray/Peers boosted their chances of qualifying for their maiden Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. They're currently No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race to London.
"It was very disappointing [and] hurts a bit, but we had a good year," said Peers, noting that the duo are close to reaching their goal of appearing at the O2 Arena in November. "You've got to take the positives from it, even though it hurts now. [It] gives you a bit more hunger to go forward and keep working hard," he added.