France's Fabrice Martin was delighted that fellow compatriot Nicolas Mahut accepted his invitation to play the Antwerp doubles. Mahut and Martin, seeded at No. 2, demolished No. 3 seeds Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-0 6-1 to win the Antwerp title in style.
Mahut and Martin won the opening nine games of the match and in the end fell just short of claiming a double bagel. “I was very happy that Nico offered me to play. He’s always been a model and someone to follow because his results are unbelievable.
Since I’ve played doubles, he’s always been someone I’ve looked at,” Martin said. “Today to win with him is something really nice, because we got on really well on and off the court. I’m happy that I managed to play well as well next to him, so it was a very good week”.
Mahut enjoyed his week with Martin
“The week was amazing, like Fabrice said. We actually played the week before the US Open in Winston-Salem and I had a calf injury, so I had to pull out from the second round. But I said to Fabrice, ‘I’ll be ready for Antwerp’,” Mahut said.
“We had an amazing week”. Elsewhere, Harri Heliovaara and Matwe Middelkoop won Moscow after beating Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 7-5 4-6 11-9. “It is so painful for your opponents that you almost feel it for them, but at the same time you are over the moon with your own emotions,” Heliovaara said.
“This is what you play for, for these emotions. The fans also love it when it comes to those moments. The Match Tie-Break brings so much excitement to the game”. After the final, Middelkoop insisted he loves playing with Heliovaara.
“I really enjoyed playing with Harri,” Middelkoop said. “Harri is a good personality and a great fighter and he is fresh and is young and wants to learn and we are very appreciative towards each other. I think our games complement each other and I think we did a hell of a job today”.