ROEHAMPTON – As far as the Slams go this year, young Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert has been a little snakebitten.
At the Australian Open, he and countryman Nicolas Mahut got to the doubles final, but Herbert had contracted a urinary infection and was a shadow of his usual self. He was inconsolable.
At his home Slam in Paris a few weeks ago, Herbert was involved in the longest-ever qualifying match at the French Open. And again, no luck; he lost to Andrea Arnaboldi in a two-day affair, 27-25 in the third set.
So his 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Spain’s Iñigo Cervantes Thursday at Roehampton had to feel even sweeter.
It was close. But look at how Herbert served out the match when he finally got the break in the fifth set.
For Cervantes, it might have been the Wimbledon karma bouncing back to bite him.