The German Davis Cup doubles team of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz celebrated an outstanding success at the Hamburg European Open. The duo defeated the Belgian team consisting of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen in the final with a victory of 7:6 (7:4), 6:3.
For Krawietz and Pütz, this is their first ATP title together since they decided to compete as doubles on the tour earlier this year. They had entered the tournament as the third seed and produced an impressive performance in the semi-finals against the Serbian-Romanian duo of Nikola Cacic and Victor Vlad Cornea, who they defeated with ease 6:1, 6:4.
In the final, the two teams put up a tough fight in the first set. After Krawietz and Pütz had come back from a deficit early in the set, they finally won the set in a tiebreak 7:6 (7:4). The Belgians seemed impressed by this defeat as Gille lost his service game early in the second set. Pütz increased the lead to 3:0 and thus the preliminary decision was made. After almost one and a half hours of play, Krawietz and Pütz finally used their first match point and secured the tournament victory. For Krawietz and Pütz, the triumph in Hamburg is the highlight of their cooperation so far.
The two also see themselves well positioned for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin in November, where the eight best doubles of the year will compete for the unofficial world championship title.