Second seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus overcame Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-7(3), 10-8 to claim the doubles title at the Hamburg European Open on Sunday.

The German-New Zeland tandem, who were competing in just their third tournament together this week, broke the top seeds four times and won 67 per cent (31/46) of their first-service points as they battled to victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

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“Thanks to the tournament, it is a great event and I love coming back here,” Venus said. “Thanks to Tim for playing with me. It was a tough one [today], you came back at us and made us not feel so good at the end there.”

Puetz added: “It was only our third tournament together, thank you for hitting that ace there in the tie-break Michael! I am enjoying my time together and I hope for many more.”

After breaking early, Puetz and Venus raced into a 3-1 lead in the first set as they returned with great depth. They then saved the one break point they faced in the set to move ahead.

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Puetz and Venus carried this momentum into the second set and looked like they were easing to victory as they marched 5-1 ahead. However, they were pegged back to 5-5, squandering a match point in the 10th game before Krawietz and Tecau claimed the tie-break to level. The second seeds regained their focus in the Match tie-break though, sealing the title when Krawietz could not stretch enough to make a volley.

Krawietz and Tecau were aiming to capture their second title of the year on German soil, having lifted the trophy in Halle last month.

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