Ken Skupski & John-Patrick Smith claimed the title in Eckental
The Brit/Australian were second seeds
ECKENTAL, GERMANY – Ken Skupski teamed up with John-Patrick Smith and were seeded second. The Brit/Australian claimed the title, defeating the top seeds in the final.
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Ken Skupski and John-Patrick Smith teamed up for the Challenger event in Germany. The Brit/Australian were the second seeds. In the first round Skupski & Smith drew Max Wildskant & Leopold Zima. The Germans were no match for the seeds, who lost only three games to move into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the seeds against Nathaniel Lammons & Nicholas Monroe. The Americans were unable to get anywhere in the first set, as Skupski & Smith dominated. In the second set the Americans fought back. Lammons & Monroe forced a tiebreak and levelled the match. The deciding match tiebreak saw the seeds back on top as they moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-3.
In the semi-final the Brit/Australian were against Andre Begemann & Florin Mergea. The German/Romanian pair stayed close in the first and forced a tiebreak. However, the seeds pushed through to take the lead. The second set saw Begemann & Mergea break the serve of Skupski & Smith, holding on to level up the match. Once again a match tiebreak ensued. The second seeds edged the win to book a spot in the final 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7.
The final saw Skupski & Smith against the top seeds Sander Arends & Roman Jebavý. The Dutch/Czech Republic pair stayed toe to toe with the second seeds in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Australian dominated the breaker to take the lead. In the second set Skuspski & Smith broke serve and held on to take the title 7-6(2), 6-4.
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