Mahut V Roddick 6-4 6-7 6-7
All square until the eleventh game in the first, Roddick's usually reliable serve gave way to Mahout who has put away bigger fish than Roddick in the best week of his tennis life.
An entertaining and passionate display from both players, a second set tie break saw the players change ends twice as 6-6 saw an exasperated but not over-nervous Roddick fight for survival at the net, bravery rewarded when Mahout couldn't lift a backhand after better volleying from the American. One set all, Roddick left out a scream as a very unpartisan crowd, keen to see more, got more.
Clearly fatigued, perhaps from the trauma of coming so close in the tie break, Mahout struggled early in the third as mighty A Rod seemed determined not to be eclipsed by a relative parvenu, but one who had earned his spurs in reaching the final. The Texan piled on the pressure in the hope that today would not see the victory of hope over experience. Time would tell.
0-30 down as Roddick lead 4-3, Mahut regained his composure when, seeing Roddick manoeuvering T-side to take on a second serve, sent an ace wide to stun the American and the crowd. It was 4-4 and, equilibrium, it seemed, had been restored.
With each player holding in the third, some magnificent tennis led to the third set tie break making this the longest Queen's final ever, surpassing the Henman Sampras final a while back.
If it was the longest final, then it was the shortest tiebreak as Roddick raced to a 5-0 lead. 5-1. 5-2. 6-2. Championship point as Roddick served out for his 4th Queen's title.
Mahout fought bravely, did the French proud but the mighty Roddick showed his new found range as he and coach Connors stopped the run of Mahut.
Gracious in defeat, Mahut goes to Wimbledon tomorrow to see if he can qualify for SW19. Gracious in victory, Roddick acknowledged a degree of luck in the final and praised Mahut without reservation.