Dom Inglot & Robin Haase joined forces to take part in the Open 13 event in Marseilles. In the first round they were drawn to play Philipp Petzschner & Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.
The first set was a close affair as this was the first match together, it went to a tiebreak. The Brit/Dutch pairing edged the breaker. Inglot & Haase soon got into the swing of things in the second set and broke serve, sealing the win 7-6(5), 6-3.
The quarter final saw the Brit/Dutch pair up against the second seeds Mate Pavic & Alexander Peya. Once again the first set was very even, going to a tiebreak. Inglot & Hasse edged the breaker, then took the next set with a break of serve. 7-6(6), 6-3.
The semi final was a tense match. The Brit/Dutch pair faced a wildcard pairing of Nick Kyrgios & Matt Reid. The Aussies were the first people to steal a set from Inglot & Haase, as they took the first 6-3. However, Inglot & Haase were not going down without a fight.
Forcing a second set tiebreak the Brit/Dutch pair edged the set to level up the match. A one set match tiebreak would be needed to decide the finalists. Kyrgios & Reid were doing their best to take down Inglot & Haase, but the Brit/Dutch pair were not giving this away.
Inglot & Haase edged the match tiebreak to book a spot in the final against the top seeds 3-6, 7-6(5) 10-8. The final was perhaps a forerunner to the Davis Cup tie in April, as Inglot (with Haase) had a French pairing across the net.
Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut were playing together for the first time since 2012. On their way to the final they had a couple of close matches, but were in front of their home crowd. On paper this should have been a straight forward match for the French, they were the higher ranked team.
Inglot & Haase were aiming for the title, Haase won the event in 2011 playing with another Brit Ken Skupski. As it happens, Benneteau was on the other side of the net for that final too, playing with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
The top seeds soon had the first set in the bag, and it appeared to be going their way. Especially when in the second set the French had match points. The Brit/Dutch pair were determined to put up a fight, and clawed back to force a tiebreak. In a very tight breaker the unseeded pair stole the set. A match tiebreak was going to decide the title.
Unfortunately the French handled this better, and came out the winners 6-4, 6-7(9), 10-5.
Doubles round up
Ken & Neal Skupski lost in the first round of Marseille to Pavic & Peya.
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