- Dan Evans & Neal Skupski made the final in ATP Monte Carlo Masters
- Defeated top seeds en route
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Dan Evans & Neal Skupski teamed up again for the ATP 1000 Masters event. The pair made it to the final, defeating the top seeds en route.
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Dan Evans and Neal Skupski once again teamed up for the doubles event. This time they were in Monte Carlo. In the first round the Brits were against Belgians Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen. The Brits & Belgians went toe to toe in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Evans & Skupski edged ahead in the breaker, and built on the lead as Gille & Vliegen could not get back on terms. The second set saw the Belgians break serve, Evans & Skupski were unable to break back and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the Brits managed to edge ahead and take the match 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-8.
The second round saw the Brits against the third seeds Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek. The Croatian/Slovakian pair got the better of Evans & Skupski in the first set, breaking the Brits to take the lead. However, in the second set the Brits upped their game and stayed with the third seeds to force a breaker. In the tiebreak the Brits edged ahead to take the lead and level up. The match tiebreak was very tight, however, Evans & Skupski took the lead and fought hard to keep ahead and moved into the next round 3-6, 7-6(5), 13-11.
In the quarter-final saw the Brits against Raven Klaasen & Ben McLachlan. The South African/Japanese pair dominated the first set, which saw Evans & Skupski struggle to hold serve. However, the Brits re-grouped and in the second set stayed with Klaasen & McLachlan to force a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brits once again edged ahead and levelled up the match. Once again a match tiebreak was needed to settle the match. Evans & Skupski took control in the final breaker and broke early. The Brits moved into the semi final 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-4.
The semi-final saw Evans & Skupski against the top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah. The Brits held their own with the top seeds in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Evans & Skupski were in complete control in the breaker, dominating from start to finish without losing a point. The second set saw the top seeds re-group and fight back. Cabal & Farah dominated the set and levelled up the match. Another match tiebreak would be needed to decide the finalists. Once again the Brits pulled through comfortably and made the final 7-6(0), 2-6, 10-4.
In the final, Evans & Skuspki were against the second seeds Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic. The Croatians broke serve in the first set and the Brits couldn’t get back on terms. However, in the second set the Brits were able to break the serve of Mektic & Pavic and levelled up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was a close affair. Unfortunately, the Croatians just edged the win 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.
Doubles Round Up
Jamie Murray with Jan-Lennard Struff were defeated by Cristian Garin & Guido Pella in the first round in Monte Carlo 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-5.
Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Raven Klaasen & Ben McLachlan in the second round in Monte Carlo 6-7(1), 6-3, 10-5.
Lloyd Glasspool with Herri Heliovaara were defeated by Artem Sitak & David Vega Hernandez in the first round in Belgrade 2-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Luke Bambridge & Dom Inglot were defeated by Facundo Bagins & Francisco Cerundolo in the first round in Belgrade 4-6, 7-6(9), 11-9.
Jonny O’Mara with Andre Goransson were defeated by Facundo Bagins & Francisco Cerundolo in the quarter-final in Belgrade 6-3, 6-3.
Jack Gibbens & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Sanjar Fayziev & Jurabek Karimov in the first round in Shymkent 7-6(9), 6-2.
Luke Johnson with Vladimir Uzhylovskyi were defeated by Daniele Capecchi & Francesco Passaro in the final in Cairo 7-5, 6-4.
Eden Silva with Kimberley Zimmerman were defeated by Lidziya Marozava & Andreea Mitu in the quarter-final in Oeiras 6-4, 7-6(5).
Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Marina Melnikova & Conny Perrin in the quarter-final in Oeiras 7-6(5), 6-1.
Next week Brits play in Barcelona, Rome, France, Egypt, Tunisia, Croatia & Portugal
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