Madrid: Wesley Koolhof, Neal Skupski beat No. 5 seeds for fourth title in 2022



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Madrid: Wesley Koolhof, Neal Skupski beat No. 5 seeds for fourth title in 2022

No. 7 seed Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski continued their strong season in Madrid as they now four titles in 2022. On Sunday, Koolhof and Skupski defeated Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7 (4) 6-4 10-5 in the Madrid Masters final.

Cabal and Farah made a good start to the match, claiming the first break of the match in the third game to open a 2-1 lead. In the fifth game, Cabal and Farah had a chance to go up by a double break but Koolhof and Skupski saved a break point to reduce the deficit to 3-2.

After saving a break point in the fifth game, Koolhof and Skupski broke back Cabal and Farah in the eighth game to level the set to four games apiece. As no more breaks were seen in the first set, the opener had to be resolved in a tie-break.

The two teams were tied at 2-2 in the tie-break, before Cabal and Farah won four points in a row to take a 6-2 lead. Koolhof and Skupski saved the first two set points but couldn't save the third as Cabal and Farah won a tight opener.

Koolhof and Skupski then created a big comeback

After winning the first set, Cabal and Farah had a chance to start the second set with a break but they missed out on two break points in the second game. Cabal and Farah paid the price for blowing two break points as Koolhof and Skupski earned the first break of the second set in the fifth game to open a 3-2 lead.

Cabal and Farah had a chance to get the break back in the eighth game but they missed out on three break points as Koolhof and Skupski took a 5-3 lead. In the 10th game, Koolhof and Skupski served out for the second set.

After winning the second set, Koolhof and Skupski got off to a fast start to the third set as they took a 4-0 lead in the match tie-break. Cabal and Farah won the fifth point to reduce the deficit to 4-1 but Koolhof and Skupski again went on a run as they won four consecutive points to open an 8-1 lead.

Cabal and Farah saved three match points but there was no coming back from a 9-2 deficit as Koolhof and Skupski realized their fourth match point to win their fourth title of the year.