Paris Masters: Tim Puetz, Michael Venus beat No. 3 seeds to win doubles title

Puetz and Venus edged out Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in a tight Paris final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Paris Masters: Tim Puetz, Michael Venus beat No. 3 seeds to win doubles title

Germany's Tim Puetz and Kiwi Michael Venus beat No. 3 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-7 (11) 11-9 to win the Paris Masters title. Puetz and Venus claimed the first break of the match in the second game and held on to their serve the rest of the set to win the opener.

Puetz and Venus saved four consecutive set points on their serve in the 12th game of the second set to force a tie-break but fell short in their attempt to book a straight-set win as Herbert and Mahut realized their fifth set point to force a decider.

Herbert and Mahut saves two consecutive match points in the match tie-break but Puetz and Venus kept their focus as they earned a third match point and realized it to disappoint the local crowd that was hoping to see the Frenchmen win Paris.

Puetz and Venus win their first Paris title

Puetz and Venus won their first Paris title as a team and prevented Herbert and Mahut from winning their second Paris title at Bercy. Now, it's all set for the singles final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.

"It will be a big challenge tomorrow in the final versus Daniil Medvedev. I hope I can start the final better than I did in New-York. I have to play my best game. It will not guarantee the victory but I'm ready for a big battle," Djokovic said.

Medvedev saw off Djokovic in straight sets when they last met in the US Open final. "Of course winning the US Open would give me maybe some tactical things I want to try to repeat or use against Novak," Medvedev said. "At the same time, again, we all know who Novak is.

If he would not adapt to circumstances, he would not be where he is now. So he is definitely going to try to change something, which I cannot know what it is he is going to try to do so I'm going to try to think about this. And, yeah, that's the game of tennis sometimes,"

Michael Venus Pierre-Hugues Herbert Nicolas Mahut