They Met In A Challenger Final; A Month Later, They Face Off For Roland Garros Title
Krawietz and Mies advanced to the final at the clay-court major with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Argentines Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman on Thursday in Paris. Meanwhile, on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Chardy and Martin upset third-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5, 6-4.
Krawietz, 27, and Mies, 28, are making their team’s first appearance at Roland Garros this fortnight. Last year, on their Grand Slam debut, they qualified and reached the Round of 16 at Wimbledon, where they fell to eventual champions Mike Bryan and Jack Sock in a fifth-set decider. Earlier this year, they claimed their maiden title at the New York Open.
Chardy and Martin will attempt to become the fourth all-French team in the Open Era to win Roland Garros, following in the footsteps of last year’s champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, Julien Benneteau/Edouard Roger-Vasselin (2014) and Henri Leconte/Yannick Noah (1984).
The Frenchmen are unbeaten in nine straight matches, starting with their clay-court title run last month at the Millennium Estoril Open. They also claimed another title on home soil in February at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.
As for the Heilbronn Challenger? Krawietz and Mies won the final against Martin and Begemann 6-2, 6-4. The following week, Mies and Martin teamed up and reached the semi-finals at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open.