Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Nicolas Mahut de-stressed me in the ATP Finals final

France’s Nicolas Mahut was winning a second ATP Finals title with Pierre-Hugues Herbert was an “amazing feeling.”

On Sunday, Herbert and Mahut saw off Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4 7-6 (0) to win the 2021 ATP Finals doubles title.

Herbert and Mahut dropped one match en route to winning the ATP Finals. 

In the group stage, Herbert and Mahut blew two match points to Ram and Salisbury. 

A few days later, Herbert and Mahut performed much better against Ram and Salisbury and it resulted in a victory. 

“It is an amazing feeling winning here for a second time,” said Mahut, per the ATP Finals website. “We lost to them in the round robin, when they played amazing, and today we knew we had to play our best level. I think we played out best match of the week. Finishing the season like this is a great achievement.”

Herbert gave credit to Mahut 

“They were playing really well on our break points, but we were pushing hard the whole match. We went to the tie-break and for sure there was a bit of stress, but Nico de-stressed me with a great return on the first point. Nico is playing better and better with age,” Herbert said. 

It didn’t take long for Herbert and Mahut to claim the first break of the match as they broke Ram and Salisbury in the third game. 

Herbert and Mahut had a chance to go up by a double break but Ram and Salisbury saved two break points in the fifth game and one more break point in the seventh game. 

Failing to convert break points in the fifth and seventh game didn’t affect Herbert and Mahut as they routinely served out for the opener in the 10th game. 

Ram and Salisbury saved a break point in the fifth game of the second set and one more break point in the seventh game as the set went into a tie-break. 

Herbert and Mahut absolutely dominated the tie-break to book a straight-set win and lift their second ATP Finals title. 

Herbert and Mahut finished runners-up at the Paris Masters but went a step further at the ATP Finals. 

Leave a Reply