Wimbledon 2023: Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof set for first men's doubles final
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Top seeds Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof are into the men’s doubles final at Wimbledon thanks to a 7-5, 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden.
Skupski and Koolhof are set to contest their career-first Wimbledon final against 15th seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
Skupski will be looking to become the first British man to win the men’s doubles crown at Wimbledon since Jonathan Marray lifted the title with Frederick Nielson back in 2012.
The top seeds got their breakthrough at 5-5 in the opener, thanks to some genius from the Brit. Skupski found an inch perfect return at 15-30 off Ebden’s serve, passing the Australian down the tramlines, and then followed it up with some wicked reflexes at the net to bank the first break of serve.
Having been at the top of the doubles game for well over a year now, Skupski and Koolhof have become accustomed to picking their moments at the right time – which proved to be the case once again in the second set.
Staying on serve and with very little to split between the two team, the top seeds made their move on Bopanna’s serve at 4-4. The Indian hit two double faults in key moments of the game and as the pressure rose, he buried a forehand into the net to give the advantage to Skupski and Koolhof.
Serving for a place in the Wimbledon final the British, Dutch team remained solid and close out their win with a booming ace off the racket of Koolhof.