Western & Southern Open 2020: Men’s Doubles Final

Murray & Skupski battle hard but lose out in Men’s Doubles Final

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski fought hard in the Western & Southern Open Men’s Doubles Final but were unable to stop Pablo Carreno Busta and Alex de Minaur from taking the title 6-2, 7-5.

If there had been any talk of pre-match nerves ahead of the Western & Southern Open men’s doubles final, they disappeared almost immediately as both pairs came out all guns blazing in the opening few games of the first set. Both pairs got things underway with a couple of solid holds before the match began to open up, inviting longer rallies and giving each side opportunities to get ahead.

However, it was Carreno Busta and De Minaur who made the initial breakthrough, closing out the first break on the deciding point of Murray’s serve, before breaking again and sealing the first set 6-2. The Spaniard and Australian, both strong singles players in their own right, appeared to offer a different type of challenge for the Brits than they had seen throughout the week, attacking them hard at the net and piling on the pressure on the return. 

The British Davis Cup pair had it all to do in the 2nd set and made an impressive start. After saving a break point in the first game the Brits hit another level, winning 4 games on the bounce as they looked to level things up. But Carreno Busta and De Minaur weren’t going to give it up without a fight and managed to break back twice to get back on serve with the Brits up 5-4.  

And they weren’t stopping there – the 2nd set comeback continued as they broke Murray and Skupski for a 3rd time in a row, before rain on the Grandstand Court suspended play.

Fast-forward 2:30 hours and the match was able to resume under the roof of the Billie Jean King Arena. But despite having break points on the De Minaur serve, the Brits weren’t able to prevent their opponents coming through to win 6-2, 7-5.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski will of course be back in action next week at the US Open, where they’ll be hoping that their excellent form this week will help carry them to their first Grand Slam title.

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