Dominic Inglot & Robin Haase were placed in the top half of the draw at the ATP Gazprom Hungarian Open. Their first round match was against Lucas Pouille and Gilles Simon. The first set was very competitive as the Brit/Dutch combination struggled to find a way through the French pairing.
Inglot & Haase were able to force the tiebreak, and edged this to take the first set. In the second set Inglot & Haase started to play better, getting a much better read on the French game plan. Once they had figured out Pouille & Simon, the Brit/Dutch team strolled the second set dropping only one game 7-6(5), 6-1.
The quarter final was a much harder task, Inglot & Haase faced the top seeds of Oliver Marach & Mate Pavic. In a very close first set, neither team were able to breakthrough, and again the first set ended in stalemate. In the tiebreak it was the Brit/Dutch pair who once again edged ahead to take the first set.
The second set was also a very tight affair, and appeared to be heading into another tiebreak. However, just when it mattered Inglot & Haase grabbed the break and held on, knocking out the top seeds and getting the spot in the semi final. 7-6(5), 7-5.
That match would be against the third seeds of Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah. The Colombians are slightly higher ranked than Inglot, they are 38 and the Brit is 42, Haase is more of a singles specialist than doubles.
In the first set, the Colombians had the better for Inglot & Haase, breaking twice to take the set. However the Brit/Dutch pair were not done yet, coming out in the second set fighting. Keeping the set close Inglot & Haase forced a tiebreak against the third seeds.
The tiebreak record for Inglot & Haase in the event has been perfect, they played three tiebreaks and won all of them, this one was a little closer than the previous two, but they still came through it. This meant that the match headed to a champions tiebreak.
The first to 10 shootout is always a bit of a lottery. Unfortunately it was the third seeds whose numbers came up here, as they dominated the champions tiebreak and took their place in the final. 6-3, 6-7(7), 10-3.
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