Koolhof/Skupski Reach Wimbledon Final | ATP Tour

Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski held their nerve to book a championship-match spot on Thursday at Wimbledon, where the top-seeded duo edged Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden in a tense semi-final.

The top seeds prevailed 7-5, 6-4 on No. 1 Court after claiming a decisive break at the tailend of each set against their sixth-seeded opponents. They converted both break point chances they had —one in the 11th game of the opening set and the other in the ninth game of the second set — to reach their second major final as a team.

Koolhof and Skupski have won eight ATP Tour titles together since pairing at the start of 2022, but until this fortnight the closest they had come to a Grand Slam title was a final appearance at last season’s US Open. The pair has dropped just one set across their five matches this year at SW19, where Skupski is attempting to become the first Briton to lift the men’s doubles trophy since Jonathan Marray triumphed alongside Frederik Nielsen in 2012.

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos also delivered a clinical semi-final display to advance to the final. The 15th seeds converted all three break points they earned in their 6-4, 6-3 victory against Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz.

Granollers and Zeballos are now 10-1 as a team at Wimbledon, where they also reached the championship match in 2021. The Spanish-Argentine duo have continued their fine Grand Slam form with their final run in south-west London, having already reached the semi-finals this year at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

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