Nicolas Mahut’s claim to fame until Saturday had been that he played the losing part in the longest ever tennis match in history – the 11 hour marathon against John Isner that the American won 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010.
On Saturday, Mahut added another chapter to his legacy by winning the theTopshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and in the process became the lowest ranked player to win an ATP level title in five years.
Mahut, ranked no. 240 in the world, upset the second seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 to win his first career title and he will now climb to no. 127 in next week’s rankings.
Speaking after his win, Mahut commented, “It’s amazing. I cannot believe I won today. I didn’t know if I was going to play again when I had some bad times with my knee. All my team helped me a lot. We worked hard and here I am with the trophy. It’s a good story.”
The 31 year old Frenchman has received a wild card for Wimbledon next week and plays Czech Jan Hajekin the first round.
Wawrinka said that he was now looking forward to the grass court grand slam, where he meets former champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round. “This year I go to Wimbledon with more practice and matches under my belt. As always I’m happy and looking forward to going to Wimbledon. Winning matches here gives me a lot of confidence going into Wimbledon. I had a great week here and I’m looking forward to playing Lleyton on Monday. It will be a big match for both of us.”