Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Norway’s Casper Ruud lost six games between them in third-round routs on Wednesday at the Madrid Masters.
2018 finalist Tsitsipas cut short the victory celebrations for Benoit Paire a day after the Frenchman ended a seven-match loss streak, with the Greek pounding out a 6-1, 6-2 decision.
It was an identical scoreline for Monte Carlo semi-finalist Ruud, a winner over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, with both wins wrapped up in less than an hour.
Tsitsipas and Ruud have never played at the ATP level, with Tsitsipas now sharing joint Tour lead in 2021 match wins on 27 with Andrey Rublev.
Paire showed some minor flashes of form against Tsitsipas but was also treated for an abdominal problem with tape applied on the No. 35.
Tsitsipas won his 10th match of the season on clay with his only defeat on the surface coming against Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona final last month.