Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petros Tsitsipas fought well in their Rome Madrid doubles opener but in the end fell short. The Tsitsipas brothers competed well against Lukasz Kubot and Franko Skugor but the more experienced doubles players won 7-6 (7) 6-3.
The Tsitsipas brothers served out the opening game of the match but they suffered a break in the third game as Kubot and Skugor took a 2-1 lead. However, it didn't take long for the Tsitsipas brothers to get back into the first set as they broke back in the sixth game to level the set three games apiece.
As no more breaks were seen in the first set, the opener had to be resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, the Tsitsipas brothers took a 4-1 lead, before losing four consecutive points and falling 5-4 down. After losing four consecutive points, the Tsitsipas brothers kept their focus as they won the following two points to take a 6-5 lead.
Unfortunately for the Tsitsipas brothers, they failed to convert a set point on their serve in the 12th point. The Tsitsipas brothers won the 13th point to take a 7-6 lead but then dropped three consecutive points and ended up losing a tight opener.
There was no way back for the Tsitsipas brothers
After losing a tight first set, the Tsitsipas brothers dropped their serve in the second game of the second set as Kubot and Skugor took an early 3-0 second set lead. The Tsitsipas brothers managed to get the break back and level the set at three games apiece but that was all as Kubot and Skugor again won three consecutive games to seal the win..
Elsewhere, Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer beat Marco Cecchinato and Stefano Travaglia in the opening doubles match of the day in Rome. Koolhof and Rojer, seeded at No. 7, beat wildcards Cecchinato and Travaglia 4-6 6-1 10-7.
After losing the first set, Koolhof and Rojer broke Cecchinato and Travaglia twice in the second set to easily win the set and force a decider. Koolhof and Rojer then started the match tie-break with a 6-1 lead, before converting their second match point to complete a comeback win.