Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Staying positive key in avoiding doubles loss to Czechs

Herbert and Nicolas Mahut stepped up for France in the deciding rubber.

by Dzevad Mesic
Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Staying positive key in avoiding doubles loss to Czechs

France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert credited staying positive for his and Nicolas Mahut's comeback win over Jiri Lehecka and Tomas Machac. Herbert and Mahut recovered from a set down to beat Czech Republic's Lehecka and Machac 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the deciding rubber of the tie.

"We tried to be really positive, that’s how we turned the match,” said Herbert afterwards. France got off to a bad start as Richard Gasquet lost in the opening rubber of the tie. Fortunately for France, Adrian Mannarino recovered from a set down in the following rubber to beat Jiri Vesely and force a deciding rubber.

“We need to recover now,” added captain Sebastien Grosjean. It was a tough battle today – it’s not easy to find the energy without the crowd. The guys did an amazing job today, I’m very proud of them”.

Herbert, Mahut continue their strong form

Herbert and Mahut have been one of the best doubles teams for the past couple of years. This month, Herbert and Mahut ended runners-up at the Paris Masters before winning the ATP Finals.

“It is difficult to say what makes us successful,” Herbert explained. “It is a lot of things and sometimes it is things which you cannot really explain. But when we are on court together, we feel we’re one team.

“It has been so long that we have played together now. It is hard to play to a good level with someone, and it is even tougher to play with that person to a good level for a long time. “This is what we have managed to do, and it is one of the things that I am most proud of, that we are still playing together after so many years, still having success and still having pleasure to play together.

"We are quite different and bring something to the other guy that maybe helps him on court. We are also good communicators and we have remained true to ourselves. Also, we do it as friends."

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