Cologne (dpa) – Two-time Grand Slam winners Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies have won their opening match at the tennis tournament in Cologne.

The current winners of the French Open in doubles won at the ATP tournament against the Zverev brothers 6: 4, 7: 5 and made their first appearance in the semifinals. “It’s always nice to come to Germany and look forward to the games here,” Krawietz said after the win.

Jan-Lennard Struff and Oscar Otte, however, were eliminated in the individual competition. The Warsteiner Struff was defeated by the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7). Local hero Otte had to admit the defeat of number nine in the world, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzmann 3: 6, 2: 6.

Krawietz / Mies now face the winner of the match Lukasz Kubot / Marcelo Melo (Poland / Brazil) against Marcus Daniell / Philipp Oswald (New Zealand / Austria). The day before, the last German double in the league had reached the quarter-finals without a fight due to an injury to the opponent. Krawietz / Mies had not yet participated in the first of two ATP tournaments in Cologne.

Originally they had expected spectators. “It would have been my absolute dream to play here in front of a few thousand spectators. It is a real shame that we play here in an empty hall. I was here often as a little boy and saw ice hockey, boxing and concerts in front of 22,000 spectators. had already imagined how cool it would be to play tennis here in front of a full house, ”said the poor man born in Cologne.

Alexander Zverev, who will face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the individual quarter-finals on Friday, had been looking forward to the German duel with the winners of the French Open and pointed out that they had never lost to the two before. That has changed this time. “We are happy to have won it in two sets. The two are great players, have already won double titles and are always uncomfortable with them in the deciding set,” said Krawietz.

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