From 6-8 march 2015, the first round Davis Cup meeting between Germany and France was played in Frankfurt. Nicolas Mahut made his first appearance in the Davis cup team, playing the third rubber on saturday with his friend Julien Benneteau. A photo report of a weekend in Frankfurt, starring Nicolas in most of the photos.
Friday afternoon always starts with the teams being presented on court, with their flags and the national anthems of both countries.
Nico’s doublespartner of this year, Pierre Hugues Herbert had travelled to Frankfurt too, to support the team. He might be injured himself, he still loves to support others in their matches.
Team hugs for Gilles after he won the first point for France. Nico left the match of Monfils quite early later, so this were the photos for friday. The next day, saturday, was a very important day. The first ever Davis Cup match for Nicolas, playing for the third point, which could give France the quarterfinals already.
The teams were shortly introduced again to the audience, but this time without the flags and the anthems. Like before every match, both teams posed for the photos, before the match started.
The match was a perfect match, to summarize it very short. One break in the last game of the first set gave the first set to Nicolas and Julien with 6-4. Another break in the second set was enough for them to take the second set with 6-3. You culd see that both men know eachother and know how to play together in doubles too.
Enough reasons for Arnaud Clément to stand up and fistpump. He saw his doubleteam playing a fantastic doublesmatch for the last point for France.
Both were serving strong and returning very well. In the third set, they mad an early break and took the servicegame from Benjamin Becker. Later, it were the french again who broke the german serve. This was enough for Nicolas and Julien to win easily the third set, and the match: 6-4 6-3 6-2.
Nico has made a winning debut in the Davis Cup team, and raises his hands in victory after an hour and 49 minutes of play. The smiles on their faces couldn’t be bigger, during the hugs and interviews afterwards. Wrapped in a giant flag, Nico stood next to his teammates to sing the french anthem again with the group of french fans.
On court interview for Nicolas, before heading to the lockerroom to celebrate, still with the flag with him.
Sunday afternoon, the last day of the tie was made of two dead rubbers. Gilles played the first match against Kohlschreiber, before Nico could play the last match against Struff. The both Germans won the sunday matches, to keep the honour for the Germans.
Seeing Nico being great in a good doublesmatch is something wonderful, but seeing him in singles will always be the best. Struff was serving great, often leaving Nico without anything to do, but it was good to see another performance of Nico in this Davis Cup tie. The french fans were just as great as the during the double, encouraging and singing to him all the time. A fantastic first performance in the French Davis cup team.
Hopefully the English tennis association will tell soon what the place of the quarterfinal will be. Murray seems to want it on grass, that would be perfect again for Nico. Fingers crossed for the news to come in the next few weeks, and for some great months for Nico in his singles and doubles performances!