The locals haven’t had too much to cheer at this year’s French Open, but that changed on day twelve.
Thousands packed into Court Simonne-Mathieu – which is located out on its own amongst the gardens, far away from the rest of the courts – to watch Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert progress to the final of the men’s doubles.
The Frenchmen recovered from a set down against Colombian 2nd seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal and saved three match points in the second set in an epic encounter on a hot Parisian summers day.
Mahut and Herbert eventually won 6-7(2), 7-6(2), 6-4 in just under three hours to book a spot against Kazakhstan duo Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev.
The pair won the 2018 French Open and will now get the opportunity lift the trophy for a second time.
“It's a lot of emotions actually. I think, first of all, from my side, I was really tired. I think Nico, too. It's a mix of a lot. What happened with the public was just insane. It's just amazing what we could experience on court,” Hubert told the media.
“Relief also from my side because this last game was a pain in the ass. I would say, was not an easy one. Just happiness. I think we're proud to be able to be now in the final again here in France. Just happy also to give this victory to all the people who are cheering for us and who are pushing for us to win on the court.”
Bublik and Golubev were on the ropes at the end of the first set in their final semi-final against Spanish pair Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez.
The Valencians made light work of Bublik and Golubev in the first set, winning it 6-1 before they went to work in the second set, eventually claiming the victory 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
American-British combination Desiree Krawcyzk and Joe Salisbury were left in a state of shock on Thursday.
They had just beaten Russian pair Elena Vesnina and Asian Karatslev in the final of the mixed doubles and they couldn’t believe it, even an hour later in the press conference room.
Krawcyzk and Salisbury were well beaten in the opening set before recovering in the second set to steer the way to glory.
“It really has (come as a surprise). I think especially how the match went today just because they killed us in the first set and I think that it was a combination of sort of us getting better, then they dropped their level a bit,” Salisbury told the media after winning the mixed doubles title.
“All week I think we have just gone into it kind of relaxed, enjoying ourselves and seeing what happens. We have come out with a Grand Slam title. We weren't really expecting this. Yes, it is a bit of a shock.”
Sounds like an understatement.
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