However, Bublik was the talisman alongside veteran Golubev, slicing and dicing with his improvisation skills and angles to propel the underdogs on the cusp of a first ever tour-level doubles trophy.
Singles world No.37 Bublik served for the silverware at 5-4 in the second set, before the home favourites roared back into contention.
“Was amazing feeling at the end. We were so close to lose this one, but we were also so close to lose the semi-final,” explained Mahut, referencing three match points saved in the previous stage.
“At the end we're here with the trophy. It's amazing. With the family, with our wives, sons, it's something that you're lucky when it happens once in your life. This is the second time for us. We could not be any happier tonight.
“Also, it's because we feel like we're back to life, back to normal life. What we felt the last two weeks with the crowd, they were supporting us, amazing, like we never had here before.”