After recently reaching the Roland Garros final, Jamie Murray, his double partner Neal Skupski fail to win the men’s double finals at Vienna Open.
The pair lost in straight sets to third seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the men’s doubles final at the Vienna Open. Murray and Skupski lost 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 as they lost the title to their Polish-Brazilian opponents.
This is the third Vienna title for the winners, Murray and Skupski’s second final as a pairing. This defeat is following their defeat in the Western and Southern Open as well.
Although they failed to win the title again, the pair will take solace in the fact that they moved into the top-eight, which put them in contention for the ATP Finals qualification in London later in November.
It could be recalled that the British pair reached the French Open quarter-finals in October but lost four successive points in the first set, having led a 5-3 initially.
Despite saving match points at 5-3 and 5-4 down in the second set, Kubot and Melo squandered two further match points in the final game before converting their fifth to win their third Vienna title 2015 and 2016 editions.
In the race for London, Murray and Skupski are seventh, with eight to qualify. Despite their present position, they are still chasing the first appearance at the ATP finals, which holds between 15 and 22 November.
In another development, British number one player Dan Evans failed to pass beyond the Vienna Open’s semi-final, losing to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
Sonego had beaten world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. The Italian continued his good form with a 6-3 6-4 win against the Briton.
Evans lost the first set after being broken in his opening service game. The 30-year-old Briton, who is nursing a shoulder injury, had a medical time out at the start of the second set. After returning to the court, he could not find enough to outs Sonego.
Sonego is a 25-year-old Italian tennis player who came into the tournament as a lucky loser. He lost his final qualifying game.