PARIS, June 4, 2016
Feliciano López and Marc López capture their first Grand Slam title, winning Saturday’s doubles final of the French Open against Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. The Spaniards capitalized on three of their 11 break point chances, winning 113 of the 229 total points played.
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López and López have become the 11th different doubles winners in the last 11 Grand Slams. They are the first Spanish doubles champions at a major since Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez lifted the trophies at Roland Garros in 1990.
“We have never experienced these moments. I mean, winning a Grand Slam is something amazing, and I didn’t have a Grand Slam victory on my résumé. I didn’t think that I could be in a position to win the French Open. Roland Garros is my favorite tournament. It has been the case for quite a long time. When I was a kid I was watching the matches of great champions, the Spanish champions. I’m delighted to have won this match with Feliciano. I can’t ask for more?,” Marc López was overwhelmed.
“There is no doubt that this is one of the most beautiful wins in my career. For the past 18 months I have been playing the doubles, and at that time I didn’t think that I would be in a position to win a Grand Slam so quickly,” Feliciano López said and added:
“It’s quite unexpected. It’s a great reward, because I have made lots of efforts. I think that our level was quite high. This is what I told my partner. And when you reach that level you can win matches. We played two Grand Slam tournaments in our life. The Bryan brothers are the best doubles team in the world, but we managed to win and that’s great. We haven’t played quite a lot together, but when we played together, we played at a high level. And when you can achieve that for many days, for many weeks, you can achieve great things. Of course we were fortunate and of course we managed to win this Grand Slam tournament against the best doubles team in the world.”
Meanwhile, Nicolas Mahut will become the new world number one in doubles on Monday.