French pair claim doubles crown

  • Last Updated: June 7 2014, 20:39 BST

Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin became only the second French pairing to win the French Open men's doubles title on Saturday.

Benneteau (l) and Roger-Vasselin celebrate their victory
Benneteau (l) and Roger-Vasselin celebrate their victory

Exactly 30 years on from the triumph of Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah, the 11th seeds thrilled the home crowd at Roland Garros with a 6-3 7-6 (7/1) victory over the Spanish duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

With their victory, they also became only the fourth French pairing to win a Grand Slam men's doubles title.

A solitary break of serve was enough for Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin to take the first set and when they broke again early in the second they looked in full control.

However, Granollers and Lopez hit back with a break of Benneteau's serve and a tie-break ensued.

That was dominated by the French though and they wrapped up victory in an hour and 45 minutes.

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