Great Britain's Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski stunned No. 1 seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers in the Acapulco final 7-6 (3) 6-4 to lift their first title of the season. The Skupski brothers recovered from a break down in the first set, before realizing their first set point in the tie-break to win the opener.
In the second set, the British duo claimed a break in the third game and then held on to their serve the rest of the set to clinch the win. “I’d like to thank Neal, actually,” Ken acknowledged in the on-court ceremony, per the ATP website.
“It’s been a long road since we sort of broke up and got back together. This is a magic moment for both of us."
It was a special day for Ken Skupski
"It’s my son’s eighth birthday today, so I’d like to mention him…” Ken said.
“We don’t have anybody here with us this week, but we have a lot of people at home watching us and a lot of great support from the internet as well”. Elsewhere, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah beat Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6 (0) 7-6 (4) to win it all in Dubai.
“It feels great… We have been playing good this year,” said Farah. “We struggled a little bit in Australia and got the level back to where we needed to be to win this title. We are very happy for that”.
Cabal and Farah, who ended runners-up at the Great Ocean Road earlier this season, have now won their first title of the season. "That is what practice does,” said Cabal. “You keep [putting in] the hours on court and off court and that’s what gives you the confidence to play like that in those moments”.
Farah also praised their opponents Mektic and Pavic. "Those guys are dragging so much confidence with them after winning that many tournaments and winning that many matches,” said Farah. “Clearly they have been playing really well and we just wanted to go out there, enjoy, [play] our game and bring the energy”.