The French won 6-0, 6-1 ahead of the Dutch Wesley Koolhof (ATP 18) and Jean-Julien Rojer (ATP 37) after barely 53 minutes. This is the first title together for Mahut and Martin.
It was not necessary to arrive late at the Lotto Arena to see the first set of this final, packed in 23 short minutes on the net score and without appeal of 6-0. More precise both at the return and at the net, the blue-white-red pair benefited from a foot fault from Rojer on the set point. Encouraged by an audience surely eager to attend a more balanced game, the Dutch did not reverse the trend in the second act. It was not until the 10th game of the match to see the “oranje” pair unlock their counter (3-1), to the cheers of the spectators. But Mahut and Martin resumed their march forward and won the next three games to claim the title. Mahut, 39, and Martin, 35, succeed Australians John Peers and Michael Venus, winners in 2020. Cador of the discipline, former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner, including Roland-Garros 2021, Mahut hooks a 34th ATP title to its record. He has already qualified for the Masters at the end of the season with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, his usual partner. As for Martin, this is his 7th title on the circuit. This is the second time that Nicolas Mahut has entered his name on the prize list in Antwerp. The native of Angers won in 2018 alongside his compatriot Edouard-Roger Vasselin.
“I honestly think that if Malisse tells himself he is raising himself, he could easily reach the top 50 in doubles.”
Nicolas Mahut (ATP 5 in doubles) had a special doubles final at the European Open on Sunday. Associated with his compatriot Fabrice Martin (ATP 34), the French, who won his 34th title on the circuit, confessed to never having experienced such a final in his career. “Such a result in the way like this is the first time that it has happened to me,” conceded the 39-year-old Frenchman after their 6-0, 6-1 success against the Dutch Wesley Koolhof (ATP 18) and Jean-Julien Rojer (ATP 37). “We even had the feeling that we were not overplaying. We started the match very well, unlike them. There were a few games played at the start of the second set but we each time gained the upper hand,” explained in Mahut press conference, already winner in Antwerp in 2018. “It’s a tournament that I love. I always try to participate when I have the opportunity. I think I will come again in 2022”, added the one who is already qualified for the Masters in doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, his usual partner.
For his part Fabrice Martin, who became a father four weeks ago, enjoyed his stay in Antwerp alongside Mahut. “We had an incredible week, on and off the pitch. I am happy that Nico (Mahut, editor’s note) offered to play together, he has always been an example to follow. We finally had the opportunity to playing together. We know each other well, that makes things easier. “
Nicolas Mahut, five Grand Slam titles, also returned to the double participation of Xavier Malisse, retired eight years later and eliminated at the gates of the final on Saturday alongside his South African colt Lloyd Harris. “I think that’s a good thing because we’ve been talking about the doubles all week. It’s no wonder considering the qualities he had and the player he was. People were crazy to see him play. . I also understand that it can cause a little talk, “said Mahut of the criticisms leveled on the circuit in doubles. “I honestly think that if Malisse says to himself that he is relaunching himself, he could easily reach the top 50 in doubles”, punctuated the French, winner of Roland-Garros 2021.
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In upgrading, the French Nicolas Mahut and Fabrice Martin win the double