Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz needed five match points and a 26-point Match Tie-break on Friday to defeat Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan 3-6, 6-4, 14-12 and reach their first ATP Tour team final at the Millennium Estoril Open.
The Monegasque-German team saved two of the three break points it faced and held its nerve in the Match Tie-break to reach its second final of the season at all levels. Nys and Puetz lifted the Biella 2 trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour in February (d. Glasspool/Heliovaara).
Nys and Puetz own an 8-1 record at all levels in 2021. Earlier this month, the pair also reached the AnyTech365 Andalucia Open semi-finals (l. to Behar/Escobar). Nys and Puetz could meet Behar and Escobar in the final.
The Marbella champions reached their sixth semi-final of the season (4-1) with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Cristian Garin and David Vega Hernandez. Behar and Escobar will face Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglot in the semi-finals.
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Gille/Vliegen Save M.P. To Reach Munich Final
Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen saved a match point in another marathon Match Tie-break to reach the BMW Open final in Munich. The third seeds recovered from 9/10 down in their Match Tie-break to defeat German wild cards Dustin Brown and Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-7(2), 13-11.
Gille and Vliegen are attempting to capture their second trophy of the year, following their title run at the Singapore Open in February. The Belgians will meet top seeds Wesley Koolhof and Kevin Krawietz for the title.
Koolhof and Krawietz were handed their place in the final on Thursday, following their 6-4, 6-3 quarter-final win against Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith. Koolhof and Krawietz advanced to the final by walkover, due to the withdrawal of their semi-final opponents Yannick Hanfmann (neck injury) and Dominik Koepfer.