Wimbledon 2016: Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicholas Mahut Win Men's Doubles Title
It was the second Grand Slam title for the top-ranked pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut after their triumph in the 2015 US Open
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut won Wimbledon men's doubles
The winning duo beat Benneteau-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 in the final
It was the second Grand Slam title for Herbert-Mahut pair
Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win their first Wimbledon title. It was the first all-French Grand Slam men's doubles final of the Open era.
The victory gives Mahut a happier memory from the grass-court tournament where he lost the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set against John Isner in the first round of singles in 2010.
"We talk a lot about this match already. I'm very proud of it," Mahut said, referring to the contest that lasted more than 11 hours, spread over three days. "But now it's something different. Now I can come in the press conference as a Wimbledon champion. It's great."
This is the second major title together for the top-seeded team of Mahut and Herbert, who won the U.S. Open last year.
They're only the second pair of Frenchmen to earn the doubles trophy at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra won Wimbledon in 2007.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won the 2014 French Open doubles championship.
Mahut knows Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin rather well, having won ATP doubles titles with each of them in the past. Mahut and Benneteau even had success together as teens, collecting seven junior doubles titles in 1999.