2019 French Open champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies have continued their breakthrough season this week as they have won their third title of the year at the European Open in Antwerp. Krawietz and Mies, seeded at No.
1, handed a straight-set defeat to second-seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the Antwerp final 7-6 (1) 6-3 after an hour and 13 minutes of action. The Germans saved a set point on their serve in the 12th game of the first set to force a tie-break, which they dominated to win a tight opener.
Ram and Salisbury never recovered from failing to convert a set point in the first set as Krawietz and Mies started the second set with an early 3-0 lead and then held on to their serve to clinch the title. Elsewhere, Finland's Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France have won this year's Stockholm Open doubles title after beating No.
3 seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares 6-4 6-2 in the final. Pavic and Soares failed to convert their first break point in the seventh game of the match, before Kontinen and Roger-Vasselin realized their first break point in the 10th game to win the opener.
Kontinen and Roger-Vasselin missed out on a chance to go up by an early second set as the No. 3 seeds saved two break points in the second game. However, failing to convert any of their two early break point chances didn't affect Kontinen and Roger-Vasselin, who shortly after claimed back-to-back breaks to seal the win and prevent Shanghai Masters champions Pavic and Soares from winning back-to-back titles. Kontinen, 29, and 35-year-old Roger-Vasselin were playing together for the first time in their careers.