The second half of the year started off in july with Nico once again being a defending champion, this time in Newport. Again he was stopped in the quarterfinal singles, by Sam Groth. Nico teamed up with Sergiy Stakhovsky in doubles, they reached untill the semifinals. The rest of the month was to have some well deserved holidays, before preparing the North American hardcourt season of august.
Toronto and Cincinnati were on the august schedule, with both first round exits in singles. Only in Canada was he playing doubles, a first round bye for him and Mika, and in the second round were Tecau and Rojer too strong for the two frenchmen. Winston Salem was the tournament that brought Nico a very good win in singles over spaniard Tommy Robredo, ranked 19 in the world. Very good to see Nico win some matches, with the US Open coming up. In doubles, he teamed up with Robin Haase, they reached till the quarterfinals.
Then all ended for that month on the courts of Flushing Meadows. In the last grand slam of the year. Nico played one singlesmatch, against Thomas Bellucci, and in doubles it all ended before it had hardly began. Michael Llodra got injured in his singlesmatch, and had to retire from doubles too. This is also where the goal of the World Tour Finals must have ended. Nico and Mika gave a WO for the second round doubles.
Due to this early exit in New York Nico went to play in september a challenger in France, in Saint-Rémy. Playing only the singles tournament, he made it all the way to the final, and lifted the trophy in the end. Marc Gicquel accompanied Nico as coach this tournament. After this, the switch to indoor was made with the 250 tournament in Metz, a place where Nico has done great in the past. Unfortunately he didn’t play doubles this year, because Roger-Vasselin couldn’t play. In singles was Jeremy Chardy a bit stronger, winning over Nico with 6-7 5-7.
After Metz, the september challengers of Orléans and Mons were on the program, with not much luck in singles, but Nico and his partner Marc Gicquel raised the doubles trophy in Mons, in Marcs last professional tournament of his carreer.
Then in oktober was Nico in Rennes, where he defended his title of last year. Unfortunately not another title, but finalist is a great result too. From Rennes, he went to Basel, to play the qualifying event. The first round went well, winning in straight sets over Estrella-Burgos, but in the second round Nico lost in 3 sets to Gastao Elias. Due to his rankings, Nico played in Paris the qualy event too with a wildcard from the organistation. He lost to world number 55 Denis Istomin in the first round. The doublestournament was the first time this year playing with Pierre Hugues-Herbert, his new partner for 2015. Butorac and Klaasen were too strong for Nico and Pierre, winning in two tiebreak sets.
But all was forgotten the first week of november, when the two frenchmen lifted the doublestrophy in the challenger of Mouilleron le Captif. Nico lost in singles in the second round to Victor hanescu, but as the tournament ‘ambassador’ he was there still till the end to win the doublestrophy on sunday.
This was the last tournament of the year for Nico, but he played several days of the french interclubs for Tennisclub de Paris. Last year they lifted the trophy in the final weekend, this year they ended up as finalists, and was tennsiclub Sarcelles the winner of the french competition.
That was a quick review of 2014, now let’s get ready for 2015! Nico starts the year in Brisbane. Let’s see if there’s a surprise doubles coming up again….
Allez Nico!! Bonne fin de l’année pour toi! :))