Now that the season of 2015 has ended, it’s time to look back on an amazing year. Nicolas has achieved some things in 2015 that he hasn’t made before, and only that makes it worth looking back to this year.
Remember january? Nico lost in qualification singles during the Australian Open, but he made up for that by reaching the final in doubles with Pierre-Hugues herbert. Herbert, who never won a match in a Grand Slam before, suddenly found himself in the final of a Grand Slam. They were defeated by the italian duo of Fognini/Bolelli, but the good vibes were there already.
Nico had to qualify for some events in february, he won 3 rounds in Rotterdam, before losing to topseed Andy Murray in the first round. The week after, he qualified in Marseille, but lost to Struff in the first round. Nico played with Pierre-Hugues doubles in Marseille too, but PH got injured and they gave a walkover for the second round. This injury took some months, and it was only for the challenger in Bordeaux that Pierre-Hugues returned in doubles with Nico.
March gave Nico the ultimate reward for his great performance in Australia, by getting selected for the first time for the french Davis Cup team. And what a debut, Nico and Julien Benneteau made their childhood dream come true, playing Davis cup for their country. The third and winning point was won by them on the Davis Cup saturday.
In april Nico won the challenger title in Saint-Brieuc, winning over Yuichi Sugita in the final. This gave some much needed rankingpoints in singles. He teamed up with Edouard Roger-Vasselin for 3 masters, Miami, Monte Carlo and Madrid.
Once on the clay in may, there’s a third round in Roland Garros to be noted. Nico won over Kimmer Coppejans in the first round, defeated Ernest Gulbis in the second round, before losing to Gilles Simon in the third round in 5 sets: 26 766 766 36 16 . Definately a result to be proud of in his own city.
After clay it’s in june time for grass, no surface that suits Nico’s game better than the fast green stuff. Like in 2013, Nico had to qualify first for Topshelf Open. And like in 2013, he did with succes, untill winning the title in a final against David Goffin from Belgium. The third singlestitle was a fact! In doubles he was with Pierre-Hugues finalists, and they kept the good form for the week after.
Queens 2015 was the first ATP doublestitle for the french duo, winning over Zimonjic/Matkovski in the final. In Wimbledon there was a second round in singles (lost to Berdych) and a third round in doubles. But the fine grass form gave Nico his second selection in one year for the French Davis Cup team.