UMAG, CROATIA – Dom Inglot & Franko Skugor matched their Wimbledon performance by reaching the semi-final. Switching from grass to clay before the hard court swing has not proved a bad move.
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Dom Inglot and Franko Skugor were the top seeds in Croatia. Coming off the back of a semi-final run at Wimbledon the clay courts of Umag awaited. With the US hard court swing approaching, the switch from grass to clay may seem a strange call. Inglot & Skugor proved that it was not actually a bad choice.
In the first round the Brit/Croat were up against Sander Arends & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn. The Dutch/Austrian pair proved tough opponents in the first set, pushing the top seeds to a tiebreak. Inglot & Skugor edged the breaker and moved into the lead. In the second set the top seeds broke Arends & Weissborn to take the match in straight sets 7-6(7), 6-4.
The quarter-final saw Inglot & Skugor against Maximilian Marterer & Hans Podlipnik-Castillo. The German/Chilean pair got the better start and broke the top seeds. The Brit/Croat were unable to get the break back and lost the set.
Re-grouping in the second set, the top seeds dominated to level the match up. A match tie break was required to decide the semi-finalists. Inglot & Skugor came through easily to move into the semi-final after a hard fought match 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.
In the semi-final the top seeds found themselves against Roman Jebavý & Jiří Veselý. The Czech pairing managed to break the serve of Inglot & Skugor in both sets to take the match and book the place in the final. A good run for the top seeds ended in defeat 6-4, 6-4.
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