Melzer/Roger-Vasselin Withdraw In Sofia, Murray/Skupski Crowned Champions
Brits claim first ATP Tour title as a team
Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin clinched the final qualification spot for the Nitto ATP Finals on Friday, as they defeated Tomislav Brkic and Marin Cilic, 7-5, 6-4 in the Sofia Open semi-finals.The top seeds, who stood one win from qualification in Paris last week, saved six of the seven break points they faced to earn victory in one hour and 21 minutes. Melzer and Roger-Vasselin, who did not drop a set in Sofia, improved to 23-13 as a team this season with their semi-final win.
Following their victory against Brkic and Cilic, Melzer and Roger-Vasselin were forced to withdraw from the championship match. Melzer withdrew from the tournament due to a shoulder injury.
As a result of the Melzer and Roger-Vasselin final walkover, second seeds Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski were crowned champions at the ATP 250 tournament. This is the British duo’s first tour-level trophy.
Melzer and Roger-Vasselin will now travel to London to compete at the Nitto ATP Finals. They will join Mate Pavic/Bruno Soares, Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury, Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies, Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos, Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektic, John Peers/Michael Venus and Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo at The O2 from 15-22 November.