New Zealand's Michael Venus insisted he and Tim Puetz knew they would have to play their best tennis if they wanted to lift the Paris Masters crown. Venus and Puetz came up big in a tight Paris final to beat No. 3 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-7 (4) 11-9.
“We knew we would need to play our best tennis,” said Venus, per the ATP website. “It was an unbelievable atmosphere today and it made the final very special... It's huge, these are the biggest tournaments for us”.
Puetz said, "We started pretty well in Halle, and it helps that we know each other well. We've played a good year. Today could have gone either way, but it's great to have the trophy."
Puetz and Venus disappointed the French crowd
The French crowd was hoping to see Herbert and Mahut with the title but Puetz and Venus had other plans.
Puetz and Venus claimed the first break of the match in the second game and then didn't allow a single break point in the rest of the set to win the opener. Puetz and Venus saved four consecutive set points in the 12th game of the second set but couldn't save the fifth in the tie-break as Herbert and Mahut managed to force a decider.
After losing a tight second set, Puetz and Venus regrouped as they realized their third match point in the decider to win the title. Herbert and Mahut were aiming to win their second Paris title. "We have lived a wonderful week," said Mahut.
"Yesterday the atmosphere was crazy. Honestly, the crowd actually helped us turn the ship over. Today we were tired, and then we managed to hold our own. The crowd helped us. This week was incredible. It's a pity we end this week like this.
We would have liked to win the [Match] tie-break. We gave it our all. It's always just a pity that we didn't share the victory with the public."