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“We have to be mobilized” says Nicolas Mahut about the Chinese player Peng Shuai

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Their victory against the Cabal-Farah pair (7-6 [1], 6-4) for their entry into the Masters competition

Nicolas mahut : “We are very happy with the match. Apart from a little alert at the very start of the first set, a no-ad on our serve, I have the feeling that we really dominated the first set. Set point at 5-4, set point at 6-5, we don’t do them. Behind, the tie-break, you don’t know how it can go, but we negotiated it well (7-1). From the start of the second, we go past. We put a lot of pressure on them. We played with our strengths, we served well, we were impactful. There is a little moment of hesitation when you lead 4-3, 40-15 in the second. But what I remember is the reaction we have at 4-4. Our level and our attitude do not drop, on the contrary we manage to raise the level at that time.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert : “I am very satisfied with our game. There was a little slump on my service. It’s a bit special about this Masters: I still have a small scar from our first year. It looked a lot like it. It was a match that we had completely dominated against Dodig-Melo (defeat 3-6, 7-6 [4], 10-7 in 2015). There is something that has gone up a bit. But what I retain, as Nicolas said, is the fact that we absolutely did not “cut” behind. We stayed in the game. “

“My first victory is not having fallen on the stairs when entering the court. I was super-focused so as not to trip over and travel around the world. “

The notion of pleasure

Mahut : “I’m really very happy with that. We said it before the match, we repeated it with the staff. In the first match of the other pool, I found that it lacked a little intensity and desire. I really wanted us to play our game at that level, in terms of intensity and intentions on the court. We managed to do it. Beyond the victory in two sets, I am very satisfied with the ingredients that we put into it. “

The atmosphere in Turin

Herbert : “I found it very nice. I liked the entry into the field, a little different from London. There were a lot of people. These are very fast conditions, so in doubles it is played a lot in the service. Short exchanges like that aren’t the most spectacular and don’t necessarily bring a big atmosphere, but we still had fun. “

Mahut : “The conditions are faster than in London. I think the public haven’t woken up yet, but it can be nice because I find them a little closer to the pitch. Me, my first victory, is not to have fallen on the stairs at the entrance to the court. I was super-focused so as not to trip over and travel around the world. From the moment you get on your chair, you have a little less pressure. “

“There is something missing. There is not the icing on the cake … There is not even the cake anymore, which made us have goosebumps in this competition ”

Pierre-Hugues Herbert on the Davis Cup.

Davis Cup potentially behind closed doors in Innsbruck

Mahut : “We keep ourselves informed. It wouldn’t be funny if it was played behind closed doors, even if in Madrid two years ago we were really close. It would be sad to fall back into an atmosphere like that. The Marseillaise in an empty stadium, we have already done it, it’s sad. “

Herbert : “When you know what the Davis Cup was like before, the matches at home or even away in other countries … I am very proud to represent my country, but to be completely honest, it there is something missing. There is not the icing on the cake … There is not even the cake anymore, which made us have goosebumps in this competition. It makes me sad when I see Hugo Gaston and Arthur Rinderknech who are going to make their first selection and who have not experienced what we have experienced. “

The situation of Chinese player Peng Shuai

Mahut : “I’m quite happy to see that there has been a communication from ATP regarding Peng Shuai. The WTA communicated yesterday (Sunday), ATP followed suit. I hope we will have news soon. We have to be mobilized. And that the Olympic committee wake up a few months before the Olympic Winter Games in China (in Beijing from February 4 to 20). I hope he will be able to comment on this. “

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