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Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski advance to their third ATP Tour final as a team at the Sofia Open.

Murray/Skupski Keep London Hopes Alive In Sofia

Brits chasing first team title

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski advanced to their third final of the season on Thursday at the Sofia Open to extend their Nitto ATP Finals qualification bid.

The British pair saved all three break points they faced to overcome Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 10-4 in just under two hours. Murray and Skupski must win the Sofia title to have any chance of qualifying for the eight-team event, which will be held at The O2 in London from 15-22 November.

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If the top seeds in Sofia, Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, beat Tomislav Brkic and Marin Cilic on Friday, they will qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time as a team.

Murray and Skupski are bidding to capture their first team title in the Bulgarian capital. The second seeds reached their first two ATP Tour championship matches as a pair earlier this year at the Western & Southern Open and the Erste Bank Open.