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LONDON – Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-3 to win Wimbledon on Saturday in the first all-French Grand Slam men's doubles final of the Open era.
The victory gives Mahut a happier memory from the grass-court tournament where he lost the longest match in tennis history, 70-68 in the fifth set against John Isner in the first round of singles in 2010.
This is the second major title together for the top-seeded team of Mahut and Herbert, who won the U.S. Open last year.
They're only the second pair of Frenchmen to earn the doubles trophy at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra won Wimbledon in 2007.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won the 2014 French Open doubles championship.
Mahut knows Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin rather well, having won ATP doubles titles with each of them in the past. Mahut and Benneteau even had success together as teens, collecting seven junior doubles titles in 1999.
Later Saturday, singles champion Serena Williams and her older sister Venus were to face Time Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the women's doubles final.
The Williams sisters already own 13 Grand Slam titles in doubles, including five at Wimbledon.