Monday, June 13, 2016

Mahut claims third 's-Hertogenbosch title

Mahut claims third 's-Hertogenbosch title

Nicolas Mahut won his third 's-Hertogenbosch title after dominating a rain-delayed final on Monday.

After taking the opening set 6-4 against Gilles Muller on the Dutch grass court on Sunday, Mahut wrapped up victory by taking the second set by the same scoreline.

The Frenchman also won the Dutch event in 2013 and 2015. It was his fourth career title, having also won on grass in Newport, in the United States, in 2013.

"It was very moving to win my first title here in 2013. Last year, I wasn't expecting to win. It's almost too much to win it a third time," said Mahut, who admitted that he had forgotten to sign up for the tournament.

"I promise not to forget next year," said the Frenchman, who has now won 18 of 20 matches played in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Mahut, currently 61 in the world rankings, faces home favourite and world number two Andy Murray in Queen's on Tuesday.

"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]."