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Herbert, Mahut claim second Nitto ATP Finals doubles crown

Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut captured their second Nitto ATP Finals doubles crown in Turin on November 21, 2021. Photo: ATP

Turin, Nov 21 (MNN) Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut captured their second Nitto ATP Finals doubles crown in three years here on Sunday.

The third seeds avenged their Red Group loss to second-seeded American Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain earlier this week with a 6-4, 7-6(0) final victory in one hour and 32 minutes at the Pala Alpitour.

Herbert and Mahut earned the 20th team title of their careers, adding to the 2019 season finale trophy they lifted over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus, when the prestigious event was played at The O2 in London. The pair also captured two other crowns in 2021 at Roland Garros (d. Bublik/Golubev) and the cinch Championships in London (d. Opelka/Peers).

Herbert, 30, and 39-year-old Mahut are the first team to reach three Nitto ATP Finals championship matches in a four-year span since Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes lost title matches in 1997, 1999 and 2000. The French team is now 34-12 in 2021.

Ram and Salisbury saved two match points to beat Herbert and Mahut 6-7(7), 6-0, 13-11 in the round-robin stage on Wednesday in Turin. The American-British tandem end their season with a 44-17 match record, having won title titles at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Toronto (d. Mektic/Pavic) and the US Open (d. Murray/Soares).

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