By Glenys Furness
- Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor claimed the title in Budapest
- The Brit in his second final of the year defeated the fourth seeds
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Dom Inglot teamed up with Franko Skugor in the Hungarian capital, the unseeded pairing lifted the trophy defeating third and fourth seeds en route.
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With his regular doubles partner Marcus Daniell sidelined for at least a month with a wrist injury, Dom Inglot needed another partner to enter the ATP 250 in Budapest. Joining forces with Croatian Franko Skugor the pair entered the main draw.
The first round opponents were the third seeds Max Mirnyi & Philipp Oswald. The Belarusian/Austrian pairing managed to break the Brit/Croat serve in the first set and held on to take the lead. In the second set Mirnyi/Oswald were staying toe to toe with Inglot & Skugor but it was the Brit/Croatian who secured the break and level up the match. In the match tiebreak it was Inglot/Skugor who edged ahead and sealed the spot in the quarter final 4-6, 7-5, 10-7.
In the quarter-final the Brit/Croatian were against Marcelo Demoliner & Santiago Gonzalez. Inglot/Skugor managed to break the serve of the Brazilian/Mexican in both of the sets to take the match in straight sets to move into the semi-final 6-4, 7-5.
The semi-final saw Inglot/Skugor against Marcin Matkowski & Nicholas Monroe. The Pole/American got off to the better start, although the break of serve only came at the very end of the set. The Brit/Croatian needed to re-group, and they did just that. Having broken the serve of Matkowski/Monroe Inglot/Skugor went on to level the match. A match tiebreak once again ensued, the Brit/Croatian edged the breaker to book their spot in the final 5-7, 6-3, 11-9.
In the final the Brit/Croatian were up against the fourth seeds Matwé Middelkoop & Andrés Molteni. The Dutch/Argentine pairing pushed Inglot/Skugor hard in the first set, staying with them all the way to a tiebreak. The tiebreak itself was a very tight affair with the seeds edging the set. The Brit/Croatian needed to re-group and come out fighting, which is what they did. More or less breaking at will Inglot/Skugor lost only one game in the set to level up and force a match tiebreak. The final match tiebreak saw the non seeds just edge it and claim the trophy 6-7(8), 6-1, 10-8.
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Doubles Round Up
Neal Skupski with Divij Sharan lost in the first round in Budapest 6-2, 6-3.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares lost in the first round of Barcelona 7-5, 7-5.
Anna Smith with Xena Knoll lost in the final in Istanbul 6-4, 6-4.
Harriet Dart with Ayla Aksu lost in the quarter-final of Istanbul 6-2, 6-2.
Brydan Klein with Ruan Roelofse lost in the first round of Leon 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara lost in the semi-final of Tallahassee 6-4, 6-4.
Joe Salisbury with Guillermo Duran lost in the quarter-final of Francavilla 7-6(5), 6-4.
Liam Broady & Scott Clayton lost in the first round of Francavilla 6-2, 6-2.
Samm Butler & Luke Johnson lost in the semi-final of Tunisia they took the first set from the top seeds 6-2 but then lost the next 6-2, 10-4.
Naomi Broady with Vera Zvonareva handed a walkover to their opponents in the first round in Quanzhou
Freya Christie with An-Sophie Mestach lost in the final of Obidos 7-6(3), 1-6, 10-6.
Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls lost in the quarter-final of Obidos 6-3, 6-4.
Aleksandra & Katarzyna Pitak lost in the first round of Obidos 6-0, 6-2.
Emily Webley-Smith with Ksenia Lykina lost in the quarter-final of Karshi 6-4, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Estoril, Savannah, Puerto Vallarta, Glasgow, Poland, Tunisia, Israel, Uganda, Prague, Japan & Georgia.
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