Three years after their only Porte d’Auteuil coronation for the moment, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will play again in the doubles final on Saturday. Miraculous against the Farah-Cabal pair, the French saved three match points before winning against the Colombians on Thursday in the semi-finals.
Three years after their only coronation so far at Roland Garros, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert are back in the Porte d’Auteuil final. The French pair crowned in the four Grand Slam appointments is climbed Thursday on the last step after his success in three sets (6-7, 7-6, 6-4) and nearly three hours of play (2h54) against Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, seeded number 2 of the tournament which Mahut and Herbert had approached with the number 6 sign on their backs. Saturday, the Angevin and the Alsatian will be opposed to the Kazakhs Bublik and Golubev, scorers in pain (1-6, 6-4, 6-4) again in the other semi-final of the Spaniards Andujar and Martinez. For a long time, however, the audience of the Suzanne-Lenglen court thought that the title would be played between the two Kazakhs and the tandem composed by Cabal and Farah.
Mahut and Herbert dismiss three match points!
New final at home 🥳
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Despite a break conceded from the start, it was indeed the two Colombians who first mistreated our two representatives, who have not had the chance to lift the trophy in a Grand Slam since 2019, in Melbourne. Mahut and Herbert even found themselves on the precipice, 5-4 in the second set, with three match points against them to be dismissed in quick succession. Pushed by a hectic stadium, the winners of the 2018 edition and unfortunate finalists in 2013 managed to get out of it three times, before removing the decisive game of this second set which would have or cause their loss then to break their opponents from the first game in the next round. A little less than an hour later, Herbert served to win this semi-final. After two break points dismissed again, the two heroes of the day were able to exult. They come from very far away. Not to say from nowhere.