At the ATP 500 in Halle/Westphalia, the former German successful duo Krawietz/Mies met for the first time since their separation. After Kevin Krawietz and his doubles partner Tim Pütz reached the final of the Boss Open in Stuttgart last week, this time it was already over after round 1. On Wednesday afternoon, the two lost to Krawietz's long-time duo partner Andreas Mies and his Brazilian colleague Marcelo Demoliner 4:6 and 5:7.
Both teams found a good start into the match. Although there were problems with the serve on both sides at the beginning, the respective opposing doubles could not take advantage of these chances. While Mies, Krawietz and Demoliner were able to win their service games confidently, Pütz again had difficulties on serve at the end of the first set. Under this pressure, the two Germans quickly fell behind and finally offered their opponents the first break chance of the match at 4:5, which allowed Mies and Demoliner to win the first set.
The following set was also initially on an equal footing: Pütz was able to make up for his deficits on serve at the beginning of the set and remained without losing a point in his first service game. With the score at 2:2, "Krapütz" had the opportunity of a break, but they could not use the chance of the "deciding point". After the two teams tied 5:5, this time Mies got the chance of the "deciding point" and was able to win it for himself. In the decisive moment, Pütz again had service problems and although the duo was able to fend off two match points, a double fault by Pütz finally led to the defeat of the Germans. They thus lost their spot in the round of 16.
With the ATP 250 in Mallorca, the doubles Krawietz/Pütz will play their next tournament in just a few days.