Philipp Oswald and Oliver Marach save four of the five break points they face to reach the Sofia semi-finals.
Marach/Oswald Battle Into Sofia Semi-finals
Top seeds Salisbury/Skupski advance in San Diego
Austrians Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald are now just two wins from claiming their second ATP Tour title as a team.
The third seeds beat Brazilians Marcelo Demoliner and Rafael Matos 7-6(6), 7-6(3) on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Sofia Open. Marach and Oswald lifted a trophy together in Gstaad in 2017.
On the other half of the draw, Roman Jebavy of the Czech Republic and Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop beat Israeli Jonathan Erlich and Briton Dominic Inglot 6-2, 7-5 to reach the last four. In first-round matches, Santiago Gonzalez/Andres Molteni and Jonny O’Mara/Ken Skupski won their matches to reach the quarter-finals.
Top Seeds Salisbury/Skupksi Advance In San Diego
Britons Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski do not typically play together, but they are combining well nonetheless this week in California. Salisbury and Skupski beat wild cards Brandon Nakashima and Sem Verbeek 6-1, 7-5 to make the San Diego Open semi-final.
Salisbury and Rajeev Ram recently won the US Open and have already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November.
The top seeds will next play Australian-American duo Jordan Thompson and Jackson Withrow, who beat fourth seeds Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3.
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