Nys/Puetz Collect First ATP Tour Team Title In Estoril
The Monegasque-German pair survived its second straight Match Tie-break in Estoril to defeat Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglot 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 after 89 minutes. Nys and Puetz were competing together for just the second time at an ATP Tour event, following their run to last month’s AnyTech365 Andalucia Open semi-finals in Marbella.
“We are very, very happy… We have known each other for a very long time and we have just recently decided to play more tournaments together,” Puetz said. “It has been a really good start. We won a Challenger at the beginning of the year, made the semi-finals in Marbella and now won here.
“We just want to keep improving… This is a really great week and it is a very [good] tournament. We have beaten four very good teams… I am definitely very happy and I am sure Hugo feels the same.”
Nys and Puetz, who won the Biella 2 title on the ATP Challenger Tour in February, were both chasing their first ATP Tour trophies since 2019. Nys won his maiden tour-level crown two years ago at the Mifel Open in Los Cabos (w/Arneodo). Puetz, a three-time ATP Tour titlist, captured his first trophy since the 2019 BMW Open in Munich (w/Nielsen).
“We played four big teams and this one in the final was a big team as well," Nys said. "They were serving pretty well… We managed to stay calm during the whole match, even though we [were] a set and a break up and lost the second set. In bad moments, we were very strong. We had a good attitude and that is what made the difference in the end.”
Bambridge and Inglot did not drop a set en route to their first ATP Tour final as a team. The Brits have compiled an 8-7 team record since making their debut as a pair at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com in January.