French tennis veteran Edouard Roger-Vasselin didn't hide his happiness after winning the Japan Open doubles title alongside his good friend Nicolas Mahut. Second-seeded Mahut and Roger-Vasselin prevailed over Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor 7-6 (7) 6-4 to lift their seventh team title in Tokyo.
It was their first title together this year and the first one since they making it all the way at the European Open in Antwerp last year. Getting back to the winners podium will be a big confidence boost for Mahut and Roger-Vasselin, who have suffered a couple of heartbreaking losses this year.
The Frenchmen are now 1/2 in the finals this year, having previously lost the championship matches at Wimbledon and Metz respectively. "Amazing to have the trophy, an amazing week. From the first day we arrived we played really, really well,” Roger-Vasselin said after the final, per the ATP website.
“[It was] tough with the jet lag, of course, but on court, off court, we really had a nice, nice week. And of course to have the trophy, you cannot finish better than that." Mahut, 37, insists he absolutely enjoys playing with 35-year-old Roger-Vasselin as he hopes they will win more trophies before they finish their respective careers.
"We enjoy playing together so much,” Mahut said. “Seventeen years later, we’re still here, having a bigger trophy of course in hand. I hope we have many more to come."