While Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin might not be full-time partners on the doubles court, the Frenchmen have certainly found success when they do team up.
Mahut and Roger-Vasselin defeated Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday to win the European Open, capturing the title in Antwerp after one hour and 14 minutes. It is the pair’s sixth ATP World Tour title together, including a victory in Metz last month.
"This was a great week. Nico was a bit sick at the beginning of the week, so it was tough. But then of course we're happy to have this wonderful trophy," Roger-Vasselin said. "I think we probably played our best match of the week today. Tough week, but really happy to have this sixth title together."
Before that title-run at the Moselle Open, Mahut and Roger-Vasselin had not lifted a trophy together in more than five years. But now, they've triumphed twice in less than a month. And perhaps most impressively, the Frenchmen won all 16 sets they've played in those two events.
Mahut now owns 24 tour-level titles on the doubles court, while Roger-Vasselin has 16. The latter also won in Antwerp two years ago, when he partnered recently-retired Canadian Daniel Nestor. Mahut and his usual partner, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, have already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, to take place at The O2 in London from 11-18 November. Buy Your London Tickets
The Frenchmen not only leave Belgium with the title, but they each gain 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and share €33,210 in prize money. While Demoliner and Gonzalez will be disappointed to not finish the tournament as champions, the Brazilian-Mexican duo add 150 points to their totals and split €17,460. Gonzalez was also the runner-up in Antwerp last season.
"They were playing great. I think they've improved a lot this year," Mahut said. "At the end of the day we have the trophy, a very beautiful one, I have to say."
Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof reached their maiden tour-level final as a team on Saturday, beating Julien Benneteau and Lucas Pouille 7-6(5), 7-6(7) at the Intrum Stockholm Open.
Daniell and Koolhof saved set points in each set to defeat the French duo after one hour and 43 minutes in the Swedish capital. The third seeds also saved six of eight break points and won 55 per cent of second-serve return points en route to victory.
Daniell and Koolhof will meet Nature Valley International titlists Luke Bambridge and Jonny O'Mara for the title. The British duo reached its second tour-level final of the season on Friday, defeating Simone Bolelli and Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4.
Roger-Vasselin Edges Closer To Second Antwerp Crown
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, alongside countryman Nicolas Mahut, reached his second European Open final in three years, defeating defending champion Divij Sharan and partner Artem Sitak 7-5, 7-6(3)
The French pairing, which owns a 5-1 tour-level-final record, reached its second championship match of 2018, winning 40 of 48 first-serve points to advance after 88 minutes. In 2016, Roger-Vasselin won the inaugural European Open crown with recently-retired Canadian Daniel Nestor.
Mahut and Roger-Vasselin, the Moselle Open titlists, will face Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez in Sunday's final. The Turkish Airlines Open Antalya champions defeated Gerard Granollers and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes on Friday.