Dan Evans and Neal Skupski once again teamed up for the doubles event. This time they were in Monte Carlo. In the first round the Brits were against Belgians Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen. The Brits & Belgians went toe to toe in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Evans & Skupski edged ahead in the breaker, and built on the lead as Gille & Vliegen could not get back on terms. The second set saw the Belgians break serve, Evans & Skupski were unable to break back and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the Brits managed to edge ahead and take the match 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-8.
The second round saw the Brits against the third seeds Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek. The Croatian/Slovakian pair got the better of Evans & Skupski in the first set, breaking the Brits to take the lead. However, in the second set the Brits upped their game and stayed with the third seeds to force a breaker. In the tiebreak the Brits edged ahead to take the lead and level up. The match tiebreak was very tight, however, Evans & Skupski took the lead and fought hard to keep ahead and moved into the next round 3-6, 7-6(5), 13-11.
In the quarter-final saw the Brits against Raven Klaasen & Ben McLachlan. The South African/Japanese pair dominated the first set, which saw Evans & Skupski struggle to hold serve. However, the Brits re-grouped and in the second set stayed with Klaasen & McLachlan to force a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brits once again edged ahead and levelled up the match. Once again a match tiebreak was needed to settle the match. Evans & Skupski took control in the final breaker and broke early. The Brits moved into the semi final 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-4.
The semi-final saw Evans & Skupski against the top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah. The Brits held their own with the top seeds in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Evans & Skupski were in complete control in the breaker, dominating from start to finish without losing a point. The second set saw the top seeds re-group and fight back. Cabal & Farah dominated the set and levelled up the match. Another match tiebreak would be needed to decide the finalists. Once again the Brits pulled through comfortably and made the final 7-6(0), 2-6, 10-4.
In the final, Evans & Skuspki were against the second seeds Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic. The Croatians broke serve in the first set and the Brits couldn’t get back on terms. However, in the second set the Brits were able to break the serve of Mektic & Pavic and levelled up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was a close affair. Unfortunately, the Croatians just edged the win 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.
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