Koolhof/Skupski Boost Race Lead, Reach Montreal SFs
Third seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski rallied from a set down to defeat Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in Montreal Friday and consolidated their lead in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings. The duo avenged its Hamburg loss to Glasspool and Heliovaara last month to advance to the semi-finals at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers.
The five-time tour-level champions in 2022 are looking for their second ATP Masters 1000 title of the season. The pair has claimed titles in Melbourne, Adelaide 2, Doha, Madrid and ‘s-Hertogenbosch this season.
Also advancing to the semi-finals were two-time Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who took down Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-2, 7-5. The Germans will clash against Koolhof and Skupski in a rematch of the Barcelona final, which Krawietz and Mies won in a Match Tie-break.
Krawietz and Mies are chasing their third title of the season, but their first since the clay season, when they won back-to-back trophies in Barcelona and Munich. Should Krawietz and Mies win their first ATP Masters 1000 title this weekend, they will climb to seventh in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings.
The Polish duo awaits its semi-final opponent, Daniel Evans and John Peers, or second seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos. That match will be held after Evans completes his singles quarter-final match against Tommy Paul.