Remember the old website of Nico? It had a list of goals that he wants to reach in his career. He is building on that list, winning a singles title has happened already a couple of times, and now the goal of winning a Grand Slam in doubles can be ticked off too! Nico is a Grand Slam champion, together with Pierre-Hugues Herbert after winning the US Open.
It’s been a dream end of this years North-American hardcourt season, winning the doublestournament of the last grand slam of the year. Six matches they played together, six times they won together. All started on wednesday in the first week, when they easily won over Estrella-Burgos/Duran with 6-3 6-4.
The next round was a lot more complicated, because there were many errors in that match for the french doublesteam. Luckily they won the match, but it took them two and a half hours to take the third set tie-break. The second set went to Pavic/Venus with 11-9 in the tiebreak, and they also made a quick break in the final set. Luckily, Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues kept their cool and served their way trough the set, to force another tiebreak. Pierre-Hugues celebrated the win on his knees on the court, you could see how relieved they were to reach the next round; .
In the third match, they won quite easy over the seventh seeds from Spain, Granollers/Lopez. The two frenchmen played an excellent match, giving no breakchances to the opponents, serving very well and taking their opportunities when they could. No energy was spilled in this match, that lasted a bit more than an hour.
The quarterfinal was played in the second week, again on a stadium that was a bit bigger than the one before. Again they faced a seeded team, the third seeds this time, and again it was a good victory for the french team. Tecau/Rojer couldn’t do much, and saw Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues hit 41 winning shots in the straight set win. The returns went well too and another victory was a fact in one and a half hour of play.
Logically, on a quarterfinal follows a semifinal, this time on the same court again as the match before, on the Louis Armstrong stadium. In this match, according to the stats, were especially the volleys working very well for Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues. They scored many points with that. In general, they scored a bit more points in the servicegames and had on the returns more winners too in this straight set win: 7-5 6-2.
And then the big final, the second Grand Slam final of the year for the couple that started working together only at the end of last year. From the beginning they played a very solid match on a not even half filled Arthur Ashe stadium. Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues won 87 percent of their first serve points, and created 7 breakchances. Only 2 of them were used, but it was enough to win both sets with 6-4 6-4, in a bit more than over an hour.
Oh, the happiness of both players when they celebrated the victory, the roar of Pierre-Hugues and the fall on the ground of Nicolas, with the hands before the face. They did it, they won their first Grand Slam together in New York! Less than a year after they started working together, they already won one of the biggest prizes they could win. And more, they also are on the road to play the year end World Tour Finals in London, because they’re now the 5th team in the race to London. Plus, there are Olympics coming up in 2016, and Nico has said that this is one of his goals too.
Enjoy the images of the happy guys with their trophy (all pictures from zimbio.com), and for those who like to see it once more, here are the stats of all 6 doubles matches. Check them out if you want: