Stefanos Tsitsipas finally won a trophy with his brother Petros Tsitsipas, who is proving himself quite a good doubles player.
This run by the Tsitsipas brothers came out of nowhere, but they've been playing doubles for years now and are quite familiar with one another. Petros gave up on his singles career, focusing more on his doubles career recently, but he's not playing that regularly.
He generally teams up with his brother Stefanos when he gets the chance, and this week at the 2023 European Open in Antwerp finished perfectly for them. They have been quite impressive since the start of the week, winning a couple of tricky matchups, including the one in the semi-finals and the one today.
They weren't favoured in the final today but rather a slight underdog against Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek, but they outlasted them once again. Just like in the semi-finals, Stefanos and Petros turned around the match after dropping the opening set.
They proved quite clutch in the match tiebreak, winning another close one after the one in the semi-final. The final score was 6-7(5) 6-4 10-8 as they proved better on both the first serve and second serve.
They simply outplayed their opponents in the biggest moments, and that's why they won the match. It's their first doubles trophy together and Petros' first ATP trophy.
Tsitsipas had previously won trophies in singles and doubles, but he never won one with his brother. This will likely end up being one of his favourite trophies he won.
Stefanos improves to number 115 in the doubles rankings, far away from his career-best ranking of 64th, while Petros gets a new career high in doubles with 81.
We'll see if they make an appearance in the coming weeks in Vienna and Paris. After Stefanos Tsitsipas missed out on the trophy in singles, he got one in the doubles with his brother.