Indian doubles tennis player Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak’s ATP Chile Open run came to an end in Wednesday’s quarter-final match.
The Spanish duo of Alejandro Fokina and Roberto Baena got the better of their Indo-Kiwi opponents with a 6-3, 3-6, (10-4) victory on the red clay courts of Santiago.
The opening set saw the third-seeded doubles side of Sharan and Sitak struggle with their service game, underscored by four double faults and no aces.
After both sides held serve for the first six games, Alejandro Fokina and Roberto Baena broke their opponents for the first time to carve out a 5-3 advantage.
On their next service, the Spanish duo converted their second breakpoint to win the opening set 6-3.
Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak fight back
Despite their unideal start, Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak executed an admirable comeback in the second set.
On their second serve, they forced a break in their opponents’ serve. And although the Spaniards broke them right back in the fourth game, the Indo-Kiwi duo did it yet again in the fifth.
After that, Sharan-Sitak held serve en route to 6-3 win, breaking Fokina-Baena for the third time in the set and setting up the Super Tiebreaker.
A not-so-super tiebreaker for Divij Sharan, Artem Sitak
Unfortunately for Sharan and Sitak, they failed to capitalise on the Super Tiebreaker that they helped set up.
After both sides lost their opening service games, it was the Fokina-Baena pairing who held their nerve better.
Getting broken only thrice while Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak threw away five serves, the Spanish pair emerged victorious in the Super Tiebreaker 10-4.