Puetz/Venus Reach Third ATP Tour Final Of 2022 In Halle
Tim Puetz and Michael Venus defeated Roland Garros champions Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-3, 6-4, on Saturday to reach the final of the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle.
The 34-year-olds from Germany and New Zealand have not dropped a set on the way to their third final of 2022 as they seek to add to their Dubai title from February. With the victory, they improved to 32-14 overall as a team, including 17-6 in 2022. The third seeds are 3-1 in finals as a duo, with their biggest title coming at the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters.
Prior to beating the Arevalo and Rojer in the semis, Puetz/Venus eliminated two-time Roland Garros champs Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the quarter-finals. They will face top seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in Sunday's final; the Spanish-Argentine duo defeated Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek, 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 10-8 on Friday.
Frankfurt native Puetz is bidding to become the ninth German to win the Halle doubles title. He is seeking his eighth tour-level doubles title and can complete the ATP Tour set of four German titles after previous triumphs in Stuttgart (2018), Munich (2019), and Hamburg (2021).
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Queen's Club Doubles Action Suspended
Harri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool took a 7-5 opening set against Denis Shapovalov and Rohan Bopanna before play was suspended Saturday evening at the Cinch Championships due to slippery conditions on court. They will complete their match on Sunday, with a final meeting with second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic awaiting the winner. The second-seeded Croatians advanced to the final on Friday with a 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 win against Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul.
For Shapovalov, this is his second match this week that has been carried over into a second day. He split the first two sets of his opening-round singles match against Paul before the American took the third set on Wednesday.