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French Open 2019: German pair Krawietz and Mies wins Mens doubles title
Krawietz and Mies

Krawietz and Mies became the 1st all-German team in history to win a Grand Slam men’s doubles title on Saturday, beating Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 6-2, 7-6(3). The unseeded duo lifted the trophy in their 2nd Grand Slam appearance. Meanwhile, Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig defeated Gabriela Dabrowski and Mate Pavic to retain the mixed doubles’ crown.

Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies became the first German pair to win a Grand Slam men’s doubles title after beating France’s Fabrice Martin and Jeremy Chardy in the French Open final.

Appearing in just their ninth tour-level event as a duo, the unseeded tandem claimed 81 per cent of first-serve points and did not face a break point en route to victory after 85 minutes. Krawietz and Mies join 1992 Wimbledon doubles champion Michael Stich (w/J. McEnroe) and 2010 Wimbledon and 2011 US Open doubles winner Philipp Petzschner (w/J. Melzer) as the only German winners of a men’s doubles Grand Slam crown.

“We played for the 1st time [at the] French Open and won the title. I don’t know. It sounds ridiculous,” said Krawietz. “It’s an incredible feeling. Of course, we were nervous for the final. But before the tournament, if somebody said, we would play the quarter-finals… we [would have] said, ‘Okay, we are fine with this’. When you are in the quarter-finals, you want to win, but match-by-match. I have no words for this. Incredible.”

In the first meeting between an all-French pair and an all-German pair in a Grand Slam men’s doubles final, Krawietz and Mies raced out to a 4-0 lead and dominated net exchanges to take the first set. Chardy and Martin raised their level in the second set, reaching a tie-break shortly after saving a break point in a marathon game at 5-5.

But Krawietz and Mies would not be denied, earning back-to-back points on return at 3/4 before sealing [the title] as Mies fired a forehand volley off the court. In celebration, both players quickly collapsed onto the clay of Court Philippe-Chatrier in unison.