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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petros Tsitsipas in action at the BOSS OPEN in Stuttgart on Wednesday.

Mixed Success For Tsitsipas Brothers In Stuttgart

Petros and Stefanos clinch first-round win but later fall in quarter-finals

From a nerve-wracking victory to quarter-final disappointment, Petros Tsitsipas and Stefanos Tsitsipas went through a rollercoaster of emotions at the BOSS OPEN in Stuttgart on Wednesday.

The Greek brothers led their first-round match against Andre Goransson and Ben McLachlan 7-6(3), 5-5 when rain curtailed play at the ATP 250 event on Tuesday evening. Despite losing the second-set tie-break upon resumption on Wednesday, the wild cards held their nerve to clinch a 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 10-8 victory and advance in Germany.

Later in the day they returned to take on third seeds Hubert Hurkacz and Mate Pavic in the quarter-finals. Once again a Match Tie-break was required to separate the teams, but this time it did not go the way of Petros and his older brother Stefanos as Hurkacz and Pavic ran out 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-5 winners.

Hurkacz and Pavic are partnering for the first time in Stuttgart but both have enjoyed ATP Masters 1000 success this season. Hurkacz lifted the Miami Open presented by Itau trophy with John Isner, while Pavic clinched his fifth title at that level at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome alongside regular partner Nikola Mektic.

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In the other quarter-final completed Wednesday, Fabrice Martin and Andreas Mies clinched a pair of tie-breaks to overcome the show-stopping pair of Alexander Bublik and Nick Kyrgios. The fourth seeds ran out 7-6(5), 7-6(4) winners to book their semi-final spot.

A pair of first-round matches rounded out the doubles action as rain again interrupted proceedings in south-west Germany. Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi upset second seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek 7-6(2), 6-4, while all-French duo Benjamin Bonzi and Arthur Rinderknech clinched a 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 10-8 win against Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar.