ATP Madrid: Tsitsipas brothers fall just short to No. 7 seeds in doubles opener

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petros Tsitsipas fought well against Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot in their doubles opener at the Madrid Masters but ultimately fell just short against the seventh-seeded duo. 

The Tsitsipas brothers were on the verge of claiming a shock win but Koolhof and Kubot won in three sets 6-4 5-7 10-6. 

The Tsitsipas brothers saved a break point in the seventh game but couldn’t do the same two games later as Koolhof and Kubot broke for a 5-4 lead, before serving out for the opener in the following game.

The Tsitsipas brothers failed to convert any of their three set points in the 10th game of the second set but realized their fifth set point in the 12th game to force a decider.

The Tsitsipas brothers then started the match tie-break with a 2-0 lead but Koolhof and Kubot dominated the rest of the set to avoid a shock loss.

Stefanos Tsitsipas still has singles campaign in Madrid 

“I wanted to have a good kickstart like this this. So far it’s looking good. I’m [on] the right track,” Tsitsipas said. “It has helped me to be at the top of the [FedEx ATP] Race To Turin. It’s important to have such an important head start. Of course, it adds a lot to confidence and [I am] feeling better on court than ever before”. 

Tsitsipas won the Monte Carlo Masters before finishing runner-up in Barcelona.

“I have to get these matches going, produce better tennis. We’ll have to fight again. It’s a new week for me. It will [be] a new week for me in Rome. All these tournaments are important. They carry a lot of points,” Tsitsipas said. “These tournaments are kind of opportunities for me to pursue something better. Right now I’m in the lead of the Race to Turin, which is very important for me. I want to conserve that and finish the year perhaps in the top three. That would be a good, fair goal for me for this year.”

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