Julian Cash & Henry Patten entered the Challenger event in Portugal and were the second seeds. Fresh from the success last week in Andria the Brits were looking to end the season with another title. In the first round the Brits were against Germans Hendrik Jebens & Niklas Schell. The Brits and the Germans stayed close at the start, however it was the Brits that broke to take the lead and the first set. The second set was more of the same, as no matter what Jebens & Schell tried, Cash & Patten were equal to it. The seeds broke again and took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The quarter-final saw the second seeds were against Goncalo Oliveira & Artsiom Dabryian. The Brits dominated the first set, and soon had the lead. The second set was a little closer as Oliveira & Dabryian managed to hold serve. However, Cash & Patten eventually secured the break of serve in the second set to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brits were against Lukasz Kubot & Szymon Walkow. The Poles stayed with the seeds in the first set, and it looked to be heading to a tiebreak. However, Cash & Patten managed to break serve right at the end of the set and took the lead. Kubot & Walkow re-grouped in the second set and broke the serve of the Brits to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw the Brits ease through into the final 7-5, 4-6, 10-4.
The final pitched the second seeds against the top seeds Nuno Borges & Francisco Cabral. The first set saw the Brits break the top seeds and take the lead. However, Borges & Cabral re-grouped in the second set and broke the serve of Cash & Patten to level up the match. The match tiebreak was very close, with neither side able to get a grip on the game. Eventually, the Brits secured the mini break and edged the title 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.
Doubles Round Up
Maceo Simpson with Dwaine Duncan were defeated by Alexander Donski & Christoph Negritu in the first round in Monastir M25 6-4, 6-0.
Alexis Canter & Ryan Storrie were defeated by Cyril Vandermeersch & Kai Wehnelt in the semi-final in Monastir M15 6-4, 6-2.
Emilie Lindh with Oana Gavrila were defeated by Tsao Chia Yi & Wu Fang-Hsien in the final in Monastir W15 6-4, 6-3.
Stuart Parker with Aldin Setkic were defeated by Daniel Rincon & Daniel Vallejo in the quarter-final in Trnava 6-3, 6-2.
Mark Whitehouse with Eero Vasa defeated Tim Handel & Yannik Steinegger in the final in Madrid 7-6(6), 6-3.
Abigail Amos with Arabella Koller were defeated by Veronika Bokor & Laura Radakovic in the semi-final in Oberpullendorf 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
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