Koolhof/Skupski Rally To Make Montreal Final
Third seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski clinched a Match Tie-break for the second consecutive day in Montreal on Saturday to advance to their eighth tour-level final of the season (5-2). After dropping the first set, Koolhof and Skupski rallied to beat two-time Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.
The Dutch-British duo currently leads the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings. Coming into Montreal, they were on a three-match skid, but the pair has quickly turned it around and will compete for its second ATP Masters 1000 title of the season on Sunday at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers.
Attempting to capture their sixth title of the year, Koolhof and Skupski will take on Daniel Evans and John Peers in Sunday’s championship match. The unseeded British-Australian duo won nine of the final 10 points in the Match Tie-break to defeat Hubert Hurkacz and Jan Zielinski 7-5, 4-6, 10-4.
Evans and Hurkacz arrived on court following contrasting semi-final results in their singles semi-finals on Saturday, when Evans fell to Pablo Carreno Busta and Hurkacz saw off Casper Ruud. It was the Briton who ended his day with success on the doubles court, however, as he and Peers capitalised on both break point opportunities they had en route to their maiden tour-level final as a team.