French doubles stars Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut failed to win Lyon as they got stunned in the final by Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz.
Nys and Puetz, seeded at No. 4, claimed a surprise 6-4 5-7 10-8 win over Top-seeded Herbert and Mahut.
Nys and Puetz converted the first break point of the match in the ninth game, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
Herbert and Mahut claimed their first break of the match in the second game of the second set but got broken back in the fifth game.
However, Herbert and Mahut kept their focus as they earned their second break in the 12th game to force a decider.
Herbert and Mahut then started the match tie-break with a 2-0 lead but then lost five consecutive points.
Herbert and Mahut managed to tie the set at eight points apiece but then lost the following two points and the match.
Nys and Puetz win back-to-back titles
Prior to Lyon, Nys and Puetz played together at the Estoril Open and won it all.
Now, it’s all set for the Lyon singles final between No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Cameron Norrie.
In the semifinal, Tsitsipas recovered from a set down to avoid a shock loss to Lorenzo Musetti.
“I had to stay calm,” Tsitsipas said on court. “It was difficult to be a set down and have to kind of refresh myself and come anew in the second set. He was still putting [in] a lot of work and making me work for every single point. It wasn’t easy.”
Norrie recently made the final at the Estoril Open but failed to lift his maiden ATP title as he lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
“I had a tough loss in my last final so it’s nice I can get another opportunity so soon,” Norrie said. “It’s going to be tough against Stefanos. He’s in the zone as well, so it’s going to be an interesting final.”