By Philip James
Fleming/Bopanna(2) 6-4 6-3 Hasse/Norman
Janowicz/Nielsen 7-5 7-5 Delgado Skupski
The Scottish-Indian pairing, teaming up due to injury to Jonathan Marray, had a 68% first serve percentage and broke their opponents four times to win 6-4 6-2 in 52 minutes.
Norman, 41, has a doubles ranking of 92 while his 25-year-old partner Hasse is ranked just inside the top 50 in both singles and doubles.
The Brits got off to a fast start taking an early break before the Danish-Polish pairing pegged them back, recovering to win in just under 70 minutes, aided by nine double faults.
This was Delgado and Skupski ‘s last match together before Delgado returns to the UK for treatment for a long-standing back problem and Skupski takes time out to become a father.
Tough end to our partnership today 7-5 7-5. Thanks @delgadojamie for some fantastic memories. Hope you get sorted & being a nightmare asap!
— Ken Skupski (@k_skupski) February 19, 2013
The Swedish-South African pairing are in fine form, narrowly losing in the final of the ATP 250 Open Sud de France in Montpellier two weeks ago before beating Delgado and Skupski last week in the Challenger final in Quimper.
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