Inglot/Skugor Capture Third Team Title In Basel
Inglot and Skugor, who captured their maiden team crown on their debut in Budapest, fired nine aces and dropped just five points behind their first serves (31/36) to claim victory after 70 minutes. The British-Croatian duo, now 24-12 this season, also triumphed at the Libema Open (d. Klaasen/Venus) in June.
"I would like to thank Franko for playing with me this year," said Inglot. "It has been a great year and hopefully we can finish strong in Paris."
Appearing in his third Basel final, Inglot lifted his second trophy at the event and 11th overall tour-level crown. The 32-year-old triumphed at the Swiss event in 2013 alongside Treat Huey after the pair reached the 2012 final (l. to Nestor/Zimonjic).
Currently ranked at a career-high No. 32 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, Skugor is now a three-time ATP World Tour champion with each of his three title runs coming alongside Inglot this season. Prior to 2018, the 31-year-old had reached two tour-level championship matches at 2014 Umag (w/Lajovic) and 2017 Gstaad (w/Eysseric).
"It has been a great partnership so far," said Skugor. "In the first tournament we played [in Budapest] we won and suddenly we realised we not only won the tournament but we had good chemistry between us."
The Zverev brothers, who won their only doubles trophy as a team last year in Montpellier, were aiming to capture their second tour-level crown in their sixth final. Alexander Zverev, who reached a career-high No. 89 in the ATP Doubles Rankings last year, has shared all six doubles championship-match appearances with his brother.