PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Joe Salisbury of Great Britain serves playin g with Rajeev Ram of the United States during their mens first round match against Salvatore Caruso of Italy and Davidovich Fokina of Spain during day five of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 03, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Brits rule ATP San Diego and ATP Sofia
Joe Salisbury & Neal Skupski take the title in San Diego
Ken Skupski & Jonny O’Mara lift the trophy in Sofia
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA – Joe Salisbury & Neal Skupski defeated top seeds in the ATP event. Meanwhile in Bulgaria brother Ken Skupski teamed up with Jonny O’Mara, the unseeded Brits took the title in Sofia.
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In San Diego Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski teamed up together and were the top seeds. In the first round the Brits drew Ariel Behar & Gonzalo Escobar. Despite being the top seeds, the Brits had not regularly played together so were slow to get off the mark. Behar & Escobar broke easily in the first set and took the lead. Salisbury & Neal Skupski regrouped in the second set and forced a tiebreak. The Brits edged the tiebreak and levelled up the match. The final set was a match tiebreak. Salisbury and Neal Skupski secured the break needed and took the win 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-5.
The quarter-final saw the Brits against Brandon Nakashima & Sem Verbeek. The top seeds dominated the first set as the American/Dutch pair struggled to get games on the board. Salisbury & Neal Skupski flew through the first set with barely a sweat. The second set was much closer. Nakashima & Verbeek stayed closer to the top seeds, eventually the top seeds secured the break of serve to take the victory 6-1, 7-5.
In the semi-final the top seeds were against Jackson Withrow & Jordan Thompson. The Brits secured a break of serve in the first set to take the lead. Withrow & Thompson stayed with the top seeds, with neither pair securing a vital break of serve. The American & Australian pair forced a tiebreak, which the top seeds dominated to move into the final 6-4, 7-6(3).
The final saw Salisbury & Neal Skupski against John Peers & Filip Polášek. The Australian/Slovak pair stayed toe to toe with the Brits and forced a tiebreak in the first set. The top seeds dominated the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw Peers & Polášek break serve of the Brits and level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw Salisbury & Neal Skupski obtain the break of serve and claim the title 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-5.
Ken Skupski & Jonny O’Mara teamed and entered the ATP event in Sofia and were unseeded. The Brits were up against Dimitar Kuzmanov & Alexander Donski. The Bulgarians started better and dominated the first set to take the lead. The Brits regrouped in the second set and secured a break of serve right at the end to level up the match. The final set was a match tiebreak, the Brits edged ahead and took the victory 2-6, 7-5, 10-7.
In the quarter-final the Brits were against the fourth seeds John-Patrick Smith & Luke Saville. The Brits secured the break of serve in the first set and took the lead. Smith & Saville regrouped in the second set and dominated to level up the match. Another match tiebreak ensued and the Brits edged through to make the semi-final 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.
The semi-final saw the Brits against Matwé Middelkoop & Roman Jebavý. The Dutch/Czech tried to stay with Ken Skupski & O’Mara but the Brits took the break of serve and the lead. The second set was dominated by the Brits as Middelkoop & Jebavý just could not get into the match. The Brits moved into the final 6-3, 6-1.
In the final the Brits were against the third seeds Philipp Oswald & Oliver Marach. The Austrians were on paper the favourites for the victory due to ranking. Ken Skupski & O’Mara had other ideas. The Brits broke early in the first set and took the lead. The second set was a little closer as the Austrians tried to pull back level. Eventually the Brits broke the serve of the third seeds and took the title 6-3, 6-4.
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