Mahut Wins Third 's-Hertogenbosch Crown
Mahut captures his fourth ATP World Tour singles title
Nicolas Mahut became a three-time Ricoh Open champion on Monday, when he completed a rain-interrupted final. It was his 18th win in 20 matches on the Autotron Rosmalen lawns.
The eighth-seeded French wild card defeated seventh seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-4 in 76 minutes for his fourth ATP World Tour grass-court title (also 2013 Newport).
The 34-year-old Mahut earned €100,800 by successfully defending the 's-Hertogenbosch title, which he also won in 2013, and picked up 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Muller received €53,085 and 150 points.
"Playing a final is always special, but this was different," said Mahut. "Getting the trophy is the most important thing. Winning the tournament as the World No. 1 in doubles is really special. I started the match really well and tried to relax. I know winning a title doesn't happen every week."
"Yesterday, I had to change my flights. I will now go to the airport for the earliest flight to London. I have to be ready to play Andy Murray tomorrow [at the Aegon Championships]."
The rain-interrupted match, carried over from Sunday, had resumed at 10:25 a.m. local time on Monday at the start of the second set.
On Sunday, Muller got off to a strong start in the two-part final. Having struck 76 aces and held in 48 of his 49 service games en route to the final, he broke Mahut for a 3-1 lead. But Mahut responded by earning service breaks in the fifth and seven games. At 5-4, prior to a heavy downpour, Mahut saved two break points when serving for the 41-minute opener.
The pair's first tour-level encounter resumed on Monday in overcast conditions and it was Mahut, who broke first, to 30, for a 3-1 lead. He held his nerve to record his 60th grass-court match win (60-33 lifetime) and is now 14-12 on the year.
Muller was appearing in his fourth ATP World Tour final - also 2004 Washington, 2005 Los Angeles and 2012 Atlanta. The 33 year old dropped to a 14-11 record on the 2016 season.
Last week, Mahut became the 49th player in history at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. Following a quarter-final loss with Rohan Bopanna in 's-Hertogenbosch, Mahut has been replaced by Jamie Murray in top spot.