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Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau beat Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev to reach the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

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Kevin Krawietz has spent the past three years alongside Andreas Mies, with whom he won Roland Garros in 2019 and 2020. But Mies had knee surgery last month, which has forced Krawietz to play with others until he returns.

At the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, it has worked out so far for the German. Krawietz and Horia Tecau beat Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam.

“It’s not so easy with a new partner and also a new side. I’m playing [the] deuce side now, so at the beginning of the tournament I didn’t know what to expect, how my return game would be. It was a little bit tricky,” Krawietz said. “I’m very, very happy to win both these matches.”

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Krawietz and Tecau defeated fellow doubles veterans Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer 11-9 in a Match Tie-break in the first round. While Tecau and Mies have different games, they have gotten on well in Rotterdam.

“You have of course new routines with a new partner, but Horia is very easygoing, very uncomplicated,” Krawietz said. “We’ve practised good, we talk about the match plan, the game plan and the tactics. Actually it’s not so different. It makes things easy. I’m very happy, but of course with Andy it was three years now. We got into a routine and with a new partner, it’s always different.”