In-Form Krawietz/Mies Take Munich Crown
The third seeds defeated Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7, at the BMW Open by American Express in Munich on Saturday to lift the trophy in front of their home fans at the ATP 250 event. It marks a successful title defence for Krawietz, who won the 2021 crown in Bavaria with Wesley Koolhof while Mies was recovering from knee surgery.
Krawietz and Mies won their first trophy together since Roland Garros in 2020 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell ATP 500 event last weekend and looked full of confidence as they dropped just two sets on their way to a sixth ATP Tour title in Munich.
“it’s a huge pleasure and honour for us to win the title here on home soil in Munich,” said Mies after the match. “It was a really special moment today, to win our first title at home with Kevin, in front of our family and friends and everyone who came out and supported us today. It feels amazing. It was a tough final, our opponents did well to make it tough for us, but I’m happy we got through.”
“Last year was also a dream come true, but this year is even more special because of all the people supporting,” said Krawietz. “A full stadium here in Munich, family and friends. 13 years ago I played my first match here, every year I played Munich, so it’s very special to raise the trophy.”
The German duo was under pressure after conceding the only break of the opening set in the 10th game as Matos and Vega Hernandez surged ahead at the Iphitos Tennis Club, but Krawietz and Mies responded strongly. They broke twice to take the second set before clinching a sixth tour-level title with a solid Match Tie-break performance.
Krawietz and Mies now travel to the Mutua Madrid Open looking to extend an eight-match winning streak as they hunt a first ATP Masters 1000 match win of 2022. Their first-round opponents in Spain will be Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer.
“We didn’t win too many matches coming into Barcelona,” said Mies. “To be honest our confidence level was a bit low after a few tough first-round losses. But you have to try hard, try your best to come back and turn it around.
“I’m happy that we got the turnaround in Barcelona and won some tough matches. We came through and it gave us such a confidence boost for this week, and we wanted to back it up with a good week in Munich and we did it, so I’m very glad and very proud of our achievement.”