Paris (AP) – Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies want to progress to the final of the French Open, just like last year. The surprising 2019 winners will meet this year’s US Open finalists Wesley Koolhof / Nikola Mektic (Netherlands / Croatia) in the semifinal in Paris next Thursday.

“From now on it’s a matter of the head, the blows are there,” said 28-year-old Coburg Krawietz before the second game of the day in the facility’s second largest stadium. Before that, Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah (Colombia) and Mate Pavic / Bruno Soares (Croatia / Brazil) will face each other there (start 12 noon / Eurosport).

Last year, Krawietz and his Cologne partner, who was two years older than him, surprisingly became the first German double since 1937 to win the Roland Garros title. On their way to the semifinals they played quite confidently in the fall of 2020, winning against Alexander Bublik / Michail Kukuschkin from Kazakhstan 6: 2, 6: 3, against Feliciano Coria and the individual semi-finalists Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 6: 2, 6: 0 and in the quarter finals against Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski from Great Britain 6: 4, 6: 4.

All they had to do was tremble in the round of 16 and fend off three match points against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi / Antoine Hoang at 6: 4, 1: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5). “The important thing is to play, not to lose, but to win,” said Mies.

The women’s semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday at Court Philippe Chatrier, the Center Court. The number seven seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will take on Sofia Kenin of the USA after her quarter-final victory against Laura Siegemund. In the semifinals before (3 p.m. / Eurosport), Nadia Podoroska (Argentina / world number 131) and Iga Swiatek (54th) from Poland face each other.

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