Paris (AP) – Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies stood arm in arm on the Center Court The German sensational doubles had the mouth and nose protection removed after the trophy was handed over.

Completely overwhelmed by the repeat of last year’s coup at the French Open, the Franconian-Rhineland duo struggled with the emotional turbulence.

“If someone had told us that you would come back here and defend your title, I would have asked: How many beers did you drink?”, 30-year-old Mies from Cologne said in Paris when she played the final against US Open winner Mate Pavic (Croatia) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) won 6-3, 7-5.

After 1:29 a.m., Mies and his two-year-old Coburg doubles partner used the second match ball after another impressive performance and plopped on the red sand – not as synchronous as the May bug on their backs as last year, but no less euphoric. “I am very happy to share the track with you,” said Krawietz during the moving awards ceremony, as inferior veteran Soares also found appreciation for the new and old French Open champions. “Guys, well done,” said the 38-year-old. “Enjoy the moment, you are undefeated here.”

A few hours after the title premiere of 19-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek, Krawietz and Mies actually managed to defend their title. Last year they were the first German doubles game since Gottfried von Cramm and Henner Henkel won the doubles title in Paris 82 years earlier. This year they were in eighth place, but played an excellent tournament from the first round. Swiatek had previously taken the win in the women’s final against Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin from the US.

Only two German tennis professionals had more than one double title in Grand Slam tournaments: Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (1985 US Open, 1987 Wimbledon) and Philipp Petzschner (2010 Wimbledon, 2011 US Open).

“This place is magical,” said Mies. “It’s hard to believe now, crazy what a moment.” Both also thanked the friends and family members who were unable to attend this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We go to the final with great anticipation. We remember last year with great pleasure and try to bring it back on the field,” said Krawietz before the game. In the beginning this worked out almost perfectly.

The Frankish won his first service game to zero, the German Davis Cup players managed to break through to 3-1. After half an hour they decided the first sentence for themselves. In the second round, Mies survived three break chances against herself before the point was 2-2. There was an even duel without loss of service – until the eleventh game in the second set.

With a score of 5: 5, Pavic and Soares led 40: 0, but the Germans defended, came and secured the decisive point for 6: 5 with the second break ball during the Brazilian service. Mies hit the ground – and for a short while it became a nerve game. At the first match point Mies got a foot foul, after which they had to fend off two break balls. But after 89 minutes, Soares hit the last backhand of the game into the net.

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