Venus and Puetz through to quarter finals in

Friday, 19 August 2022

New Zealand’s top ranked doubles player Michael Venus and his German partner Tim Puetz have battled hard to reach the quarter finals at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati.

The 6th seeds have beaten Finland’s Heliovaara and England’s Lloyd Glasspool 4-6 7-6(2) 10-8 in an hour and 35 minutes.

It followed an easy 6-2 6-1 win a day earlier over Argentines Diego Schwartzman and Francisco Cerundolo.

After Venus and Puetz played an impressive second set tie break they had momentum going into the match tie break. There were three aces to start before the New Zealand/German combination got the only break point of the match tie break through a cross-court forehand lob from Puetz.

They served impressively and brought up three match points at 9-6. Glasspool held his two service points before Puetz closed out the match on his serve.

They will now meet second seeds Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Argentine Horacio Zeballos for a place in the semis. Granollers and Zeballos beat them in the Halle final on grass before Wimbledon

It’s an important match in the sense the race to qualify for the season ending ATP Finals in Turin is so tight with Venus and Puetz currently right on the cusp in eighth place and Granollers and Zeballos third.

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