The great victories of this morning will now give way to regrets this evening at the end of the quarter-finals of the FIP Rise Sweden IV in Gothenburg. Philemon Raichman and its Dutch partner Thijs Roper were unable to do anything, while Julien Seurin et Man Vives bowed at the end of the suspense.

Seurin/Vives, an infuriating end to the match

Seed number three in the table, Julien Seurin et Man Vives should be wary of Victor Tur Checa et Josep Aymerich Belmunt (TS5). And for good reason, the Spaniards quickly led 5/2 in the first set. The French then found their rhythm against their opponents and came back to play a decisive game. The two teams went blow for blow, but the balance tipped in favor of the Iberian players: 7/6(5).

The Blues corrected the situation in the second set by imposing their power to equalize at one set all (6/1). They took the opponent's service from the start of the last act to take the lead, before being caught four games apart. The tension continued to rise as the points progressed, and the two teams logically had to decide in the tie-break. More consistent on these final key points, the Spaniards won 7/6(5) – 1/6 – 7/6(5) after 1h45 of the match.

The Swedes too strong for Raichman/Roper

In the other part of the table, Philemon Raichman et Thijs Roper headed to Center Court for the last quarter-final of the day. The two men faced the local team made up of linus frost et Albin Olsson, much less classified on paper. However, the Swedes showed why they didn't steal their place when they mounted a fierce three-game push, winning the first set 6/3 with authority.

More powerful, physical and regular, the Scandinavians did not let their opponents breathe. Adding up the four consecutive games scored to win the first set, Frost and Olsson brought their total to nine games in a row by leading 5/0 in the second set. The Franco-Dutch pair saved the furniture with a great attitude, but they could no longer prevent the inevitable. A 6/3 -6/3 defeat which seals the Blues' week in Gothenburg.

Martin Schmuda

A competitive tennis player, Martin discovered the padel in 2015 in Alsace and appeared in a few tournaments in Paris. Today a journalist, he deals with current affairs padel while continuing its rise in the world of the little yellow ball!