France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert showed love to his close friend and partner Nicolas Mahut after winning the Nitto ATP Finals doubles title. Mahut and Herbert, seeded at No. 7, overcame fifth-seeded Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in two sets 6-3 6-4 to lift their maiden title at the prestigious season-ending event.
The Frenchmen saved all three break points they faced and claimed one breeak each set an route to getting the job done in an hour and 10 minutes of play. Earlier this season, Herbert and Mahut split for a couple of months before returning to action together at the Cincinnati Masters in August.
"Thank you for sharing the court with me, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy when I am with you on the court," Herbert said, per the Nitto ATP Finals. "You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that."
Herbert and Mahut finished Group Max Mirnyi with three straight set wins and then also won their semifinal and final clash in two sets. After the final, Mahut showed his appreciation for former doubles world 1 and 10-time Grand Slam champion Mirnyi as he said: "We won the Max Mirnyi group and today we won the final in front of you, Max, so it is a priviledge. You are such a legend and we are really happy to win in front of you. Thank you, Max, for coming."