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Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal defeat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos on Friday in Madrid.

Cabal/Farah March Into Madrid SFs

Koolhof/Skuspki reach sixth semi-final of the season

Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah moved to within two wins of capturing their third ATP Masters 1000 title together Friday, downing Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6(5), 6-4 to reach the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals.

Cabal and Farah, who last triumphed at a Masters 1000 event in 2019 in Rome, won 88 per cent (37/42) of their first-serve points and saved all three break points they faced to advance after one hour and 37 minutes.

The fifth seeds are aiming to win their first title of the season in Madrid and will next play Jamie Murray and Michael Venus after the eighth seeds eliminated Simone Bolelli and Ivan Dodig 7-6(5), 7-6(7).

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The Briton and New Zealander saved two set points in the second set to move through after one hour and 56 minutes. Last week, Murray and Venus reached the semi-finals in Estoril.

Seventh seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski continued their strong year by moving past Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-2 in one hour and 55 minutes. The Dutch-British pair has won three tour-level titles together this year and are currently first in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Teams Rankings.

They will meet John Isner and Hubert Hurkacz in the final after the Miami doubles champs edged Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-5.