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Alexander Zverev and Tim Puetz move into the round of 16.

Zverev Picks Up Doubles Win In Madrid

A number of singles stars were in action Tuesday

Singles stars were all over the doubles court on Tuesday at the Mutua Madrid Open. In first-round action, Alexander Zverev teamed with compatriot Tim Puetz to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-4.

Zverev will play his opening singles match against Kei Nishikori on Wednesday while Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz were knocked out of the draw earlier on Tuesday. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas and his younger brother Petros Tsitsipas challenged seventh seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot but ultimately fell 6-4, 5-7, 10-6. The Tsitsipas brothers have teamed up five times in 2021, winning two matches.

Germans Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen eased past the tandem of Marton Fucsovics and Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-4. Gille and Vliegen are fresh off a final appearance in Munich and won in Singapore earlier this season for their fifth ATP Tour crown together.

In the only match that didn’t feature a prominent singles star, Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau topped Henri Kontinen and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-4. Last week in Munich, Krawietz teamed up with Koolhof to win the title.

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