Despite their very good effort, Petros and Stefanos Tsitsipas failed to continue their beautiful journey to Monte-Carlo, losing to Cristian Garin and Guido Pella.
The Tsitsipas brothers stood up very well, but were playing against two very good players and were defeated after two close sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Petros and Stefanos made a very strong start to the match, winning the first 8 points and quickly found themselves 2-0 up! But in the following minutes, the two Latin American players broke Peter’s serve twice, first tying the score at 2-2 and later taking the lead 5-3.
In the meantime, the brothers had chances to reach another break. They led 0-40 in the 4th and 8th games but both times Garin and Pella managed to prevail in the end! In the 10th game, the Greek players had new chances, as they led 30-40, but the Latin Americans extinguished them as well, to score 3/3 winning deciding points at 40-40 and close the set 6-4.
After that set, which could certainly have gone the Tsitsipas brothers’ way, Garin and Pella found another break early in the second set to take a 3-1 lead. This time, the Latin Americans were in no danger in any of their service games and they more easily reached 6-4 to complete the victory.
Garin and Pella had eliminated Jamie Murray and Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round, and will now await the clash between Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, No.4 on the table, and Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev to find out their quarter-final opponents.
The Tsitsipas brothers scored a very good win this week against the No.8 pair in the rankings, Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. It was their 1st win on clay, 1st in a Masters tournament and 2nd overall on the tour.
A win too, which next Monday will put them in the Top 50 of this season’s Race to Turin rankings and will move Peter up about 100 places, very close to the Top 300 in the world doubles rankings.