For the first time in 20 years, a French duo has won the Roland Garros men’s doubles title, as Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin produced some outstanding tennis to lift the trophy on Court Philipp Chartier.
Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers, who won the ATP World Tour Finals in 2012, had reached the final after defeating the most successful pair in the history of the game Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-final round, but the Frenchmen were simply too good for them today. The pair defeated the Spaniards 6-3, 7-6(1) to send the Parisian crowd into a frenzy.
“It was a great feeling,” said Roger-Vasselin. “One of the, no, the best moment of my career. The match point and also La Marseillaise, unbelievable. I have no words to (describe) this. Too good.”
Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte were the last French doubles pair to win the men’s doubles title at Roland Garros, and that took place in 1984. Last year Mahut and Llodra had reached the final but were beaten by the Bryan brothers. Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin are just the fourth French team to win the Roland Garros title.
“Honestly, I won’t exchange one of my finals, my loss in finals in singles, for this title,” said Benneteau. “Even if it is in doubles. Frankly, it’s the fact that it’s Roland Garros. 30 years. People have been waiting for 30 years for a French team. It’s Yannick and Henri, probably the best French tennis players ever. So that’s a lot.”
It is the second team title for Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin, who lifted their first trophy in Marseille in February, saving six match points to beat Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray.