Neal Skupski in the men's doubles final of the 2022 Miami Open, Florida, USA
Neal Skupski in the men's doubles final of the 2022 Miami Open, Florida, USA ¦ (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Neal Skupski runner up in Barcelona

By Glenys Furness

  • Neal Skupski with Wesley Koolhof finish runner up in Barcelona
  • First 500 final since Washington 2021
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Neal Skupski teamed up with Wesley Koolhof and they were unseeded. The Brit/Dutch pair made the final of the Masters 1000 event.

 

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Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof entered the Masters event in Barcelona and were unseeded. In the first round the Brit/Dutch pair were against lucky loser pair Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen. Skupski & Koolhof secured the break of serve in the first set to move ahead. The Belgian pair fought back in the second set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Dutch pair edged through to book a spot in the next round 6-3, 7-6(9).

The quarter-final match was to be against Spanish wildcard pair Marc Lopez & Feliciano Lopez who had beaten the top seeds in the first round. However, the Spaniards withdrew before the match and therefore handed a walkover to Skupski & Koolhof 0-0 (RET).

In the semi-final Skupski & Koolhof were against Jean-Julien Rojer & Marcelo Arevalo-Gonzalez. The Dutch/Salvadorian pairing found the Brit/Dutch player too good in the first set. Skupski & Koolhof broke to take the lead. However, Rojer & Arevalo-Gonzalez regrouped in the second, and dominated to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was tense, with the Brit/Dutch pair edging through to book a spot in the final 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.

Due to the weather, the semi-final and final were played on the same day. The final saw Skupski & Koolhof against Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies. The Brit/Dutch pair were matched step for step by the Germans. The first set tiebreak was secured by Skupski & Koolhof. However, the second set was also a tiebreak, which was taken by the Germans to level up. The final match tiebreak saw the Germans get the mini break and not look back to claim the title 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 10-6.

 

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Doubles Round Up

Dan Evans & Jamie Murray were defeated by Robert Farah & Juan Sebastian Cabal in the first round in Barcelona 6-3, 6-2.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Marc Lopez & Feliciano Lopez in the first round 6-3, 3-6, 13-11.

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliovaara were defeated by Gonzalo Escobar & Ariel Behar in the first round in Serbia 6-4, 6-3.

Samantha Murray Sharan with Julia Wachacquk were defeated by Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls in the quarter-final in Istanbul 7-6(1), 2-6, 10-3.

Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Natela Dzalamidze & Kamilla Rakhimova in the semi-final in Istanbul 0-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Jay Clarke with Tim Van Ruthoven were defeated by Luis Martinez & Jevan Nedunchezhiyan in the quarter-final in Aguascalientes 6-4, 6-4.

Toby Martin with Mu Tao were defeated by Francesco Forti & Francesco Maestrelli in the first round in Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-3, 6-7(4), 0-0(RET).

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Anna Sinclair Rogers & Christina Rosca in the quarter-final in Charlottesville 7-5, 7-5.

Emily Webley-Smith with Leonie Kung were defeated by Conny Perrin & Prarthana G Thombare in the first round in Chiasso 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-5.

Emily Appleton & Ali Collins were defeated by Aliona Bolsova & Oksana Selekhmeteva in the quarter-final in Chiasso 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-4.

Emilie Lindh with Ayumi Koshiishi were defeated by Liu Fangzhou & Erica Sema in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 7-5.

Next week Brits play in Estoril, Munich, Morelos, Rome, Ostrava, Italy, Egypt, Tunisia, USA, Kazahkstan, Madrid, Croatia & Turkey.

 

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