Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz won the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon over top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 on Sunday. Nys and Puetz capatalised on their first match point in the Match Tie-break, extending their winning streak to eight.
“I’m happy because it’s our second title in a row,” Nys said. “It is always nice to play in France in front of this crowd. It is the end of a very, very good week against the best team of the past decade so of course very, very happy.”
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It is Nys and Puetz’s second ATP Tour title of the year after winning Estoril in April. They also earned an ATP Challenger Tour crown together in Biella. The fourth seeds had teamed up briefly in 2012 and 2018, but this is their first consistent playing stretch.
“We had a really good week,” Puetz said. “We beat good teams, we played good tennis the whole week. It came down to a couple points here and there. It could have gone either way and we were lucky to come out on top.”
The Lyon title is Nys’ third tour-level title and Puetz’s fourth, and it’s the first time they have won more than one ATP Tour trophy with the same partner.
Herbert and Mahut, who have won all four Grand Slams together, were seeking their 18th title. Though very successful over the years, the French tandem were playing in their first final of the year and first final together since the Nitto ATP Finals in 2018.