ATP Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut beat No. 1 seeds for Cologne title



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ATP Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut beat No. 1 seeds for Cologne title

France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed the Cologne doubles title after beating No. 1 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final. Herbert and Mahut, seeded at No. 2, saved four consecutive break points in the eighth game of the first set, before claiming the lone break of the opener a game later.

Herbert and Mahut were the first team to clinch break points in the second set but Kubot and Melo saved four consecutive break points in the fifth game. But Herbert and Mahut kept their focus as they broke Kubot and Melo in the eighth game of the second set, before serving out for the match in the following game.

Herbert and Mahut win second team title in 2020

Herbert and Mahut, who completed a Career Grand Slam last year, won it all in Rotterdam earlier this year before the Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Jurgen Meltzer and Eduard Roger-Vasselin claimed their first team title at the St.

Petersburg Open after beating No. 2 seeds Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop in the final 6-2 7-6 (4). "We had a talk exactly this week last year and we decided to try to play the 2020 season," Melzer said, per the ATP website.

"I'm happy that with four tournaments left, we still have a chance to go to London. That was our goal when we started the year and it's still possible, so I'm very happy about that." Melzer and Roger-Vasselin broke Demoliner and Middelkoop twice in the first set and lost no service games to easily win the opener.

Melzer and Roger-Vasselin failed to serve out for the match in the 12th game of the second set but kept their focus as they won the tie-break to get the job done in two sets. "It's all about communication. When we started together, we both knew we were good players," Roger-Vasselin said.

"We know each other very well on the court. We know what's going to work, what's not going to work. So this is why we know exactly what is the best for us to perform." Elsewhere, Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald stunned No.

1 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3 6-4 to win their maiden team title in Sardinia. "They’ve been the best team in the world for quite a while now, so we knew we had to play a really high level of tennis to beat them,” Daniell said.

“I’m really proud with the level of tennis we brought to the court today. I think from the very start we really played aggressively and played well. Very happy with the win”. Daniell and Oswald blew an early first set break but made no mistake on their serve after claiming the second break of the set in the eighth game.

Daniell and Oswald then started the second set with a break and held on to their serve for the rest of the set to seal the win. "Clay I think is not our strongest surface, but still we chose this tournament because we felt Sardinia is such a nice place, this hotel is unreal,” Oswald said.

“We had a really nice week and we enjoyed every minute here. At the end a title is more than we could ask for”.