Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski make first Masters final
Defeated top seeds en route to the final
NEW YORK, USA – Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski made the final of the Cincinnati masters, their first final together. The Brits defeated the top seeds en route.
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Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski entered the Cincinnati masters and were unseeded. They drew the top seeds in the first round. Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah were favourites for the win as the current top players in the world on the ATP tour. The Columbians were toe to toe with the Brits in both sets, however Murray & Skupski held firm and forced a tiebreak in both. In the first set breaker the Brits edged through but the second set breaker was an easier ride. Murray & Skupski moved into the second round 7-6(5), 7-6(3).
In the second round Murray & Skupski were against Dušan Lajović & Nikola Ćaćić. The Brits got off to the dream start and broke the Serbian pair and took the lead. However, the Serbians managed to re-group and break the Brits service game in the next set to level the match. The deciding match tiebreak was edge to edge until the Brits got the mini break and didn’t look back. The Brits moved into the quarter-final 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.
The quarter-final pitched the Brits against the sixth seeds Andreas Mies & Kevin Krawietz. The German pair got off to the better start and broke Murray & Skupski to take the lead. However, the Brits would not go quietly and after re-grouping totally dominated the Germans in the second set to level up. The match tiebreak was very close, but it was Murray & Skupski who edged through to make the semi-final 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.
In the semi-final Murray & Skupski were against the only Grand Slam doubles champions of 2020 so far Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram. The third seeds were competitive in the first set keeping things close. Murray & Skupski made the breakthrough right at the end of the set and took the lead. The second set was a little easier for the British team, as Salisbury and Ram were unable to stop the early break of serve. The unseeded Brits moved into the final 7-5, 6-3.
The final saw the Brits against Pablo Carreño Busta & Alex De Minaur. Murray & Skupski were outclassed in the first set as the Spanish/Aussie pairing broke quickly and almost at will to easily take the first set. The second set was much closer as the Brits fought hard to try and pull things level. Ultimately though, it was the Spanish/Aussie pair that broke to close the match out in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.
Although they were defeated in the final, this ended a fantastic week for Murray & Skupski, making their first masters 1000 final together, and Skupski’s first ever masters final.
Doubles Round Up
Dan Evans with David Goffin were defeated by Nikola Mektić & Wesley Koolhof in the second round 7-5, 6-1.
Heather Watson with Magda Linette were defeated by Coco Gauff & Caty McNally in the first round 6-1, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in New York (US Open), Roehampton, Prague, Cordenons, Ukraine, Portugal, Spain & Italy.
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