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Philipp Oswald and Oliver Marach defeat Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni on Saturday in Sofia.

Marach/Oswald Save 2 MPs, Reach Sofia Final

O'Mara/Skupski advance

Third seeds Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald saved two match points on Saturday at the Sofia Open as they battled past Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 to reach their first tour-level final as a team this season.

The Austrians saved two match points in the second set at 4-5 30/40 and the ensuing deciding point as they broke serve, before they raised their level in the Match Tie-break to advance after one hour and 31 minutes.

Marach and Oswald are teaming for the sixth time this season, having reached the last four in Winston-Salem and the quarter-finals in Metz. They won their only ATP Tour trophy as a team in Gstaad in 2017.

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They will face British tandem Jonny O’Mara and Ken Skupski in the final after the unseeded pair cruised past Matwe Middelkoop and Roman Jebavy 6-3, 6-1.

They won 96 per cent (25/26) of their first-serve points and did not face a break point as they advanced after 50 minutes. It is the first time O’Mara and Skupski have joined forces since they reached the quarter-finals in Sofia last year.