Doubles final: Murray and Skpski against Pablo Carreño and De Miñaur

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski defeated Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 7-5, 6-3. His rivals will be Carreño and Australian De Miñaur.


The British couple Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski beat this Friday 7-5 and 6-3 the American Rajeev Ram and English Joe Salisbury, third-seeded, and achieved the pass to the doubles final of the tournament of Cincinnati.

Murray and Skupski advanced to their first ATP Tour final as a team to face the pair formed by the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta and the Australian Alex de Miñaur who in the first semifinal beat the Americans Steve Johnson 7-5 and 6-4 and Austin Krajicek.

The British duo saved the two break points they faced to eliminate the Australian Open champions after an hour and 24 minutes of action on the Grandstand court. Murray and Skupski will attempt to lift their first tour-level team title on Saturday, more than a year after triumphing at the Arizona Tennis Classic, an ATP Challenger Tour event, in their team debut in March 2019.

The unseeded duo have beaten three teams that were seeded in the main draw en route to the grand final. Along with their victory against Ram and Salisbury, Murray and Skupski also defeated the main favorites, Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round and sixth favorites, Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the quarterfinals.

Their rivals from the grand final, Carreño Busta and De Minaur, have had a similar trajectory, who debuted this week as a team. Like Murray and Skupski, the unseeded pair, they have survived two match tie-breaks on the way to their first major Masters 1000 doubles title.

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