ATP Doubles: Jonny O’Mara, Ken Skupski beat No. 3 seeds for Sofia title

Great Britain’s Jonny O’Mara and Ken Skupski defeated Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald to capture the Sofia doubles title. 

O’Mara and Skupski, an unseeded duo, handed a 6-3 6-4 loss to Marach and Oswald in the Sofia doubles final. 

O’Mara and Skupski saved break points in the fifth and seventh game, before earning the first break of the match in the eighth game. 

After serving out for the first set, O’Mara and Skupski broke Marach and Oswald in the third and seventh game to take a 5-2 second-set lead. 

O’Mara and Skupski failed to serve out for the match in the eighth game but served out for the match two games later. 

Skupski ‘chuffed’ for himself and O’Mara

“It is a nice feeling,” Skupski said after the final, per the ATP website. “I am chuffed for us. It has been a great tournament, we have had great fun together. It has been lovely to be back in Sofia and we have really enjoyed it. We have had a really good run together over the tournaments we have played in the past, so it is something we will probably have a chat about and maybe you could see us here again next year.”

O’Mara added. “I feel good. It has been a long time [since I won a title] and you start to question your level a little bit. It is great to be able to get that title and know this is the level you can compete at. To share this with Ken is class.

“It is not often you get to play doubles with someone whom you really like, so to have a big moment with Ken was the best feeling I have had on court maybe ever.”

Elsewhere, No. 2 seeds Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski beat third-seeded John Peers and Filip Polasek 7-6 (2) 3-6 10-5 in the San Diego Open final. 

Salisbury and Skupski failed to serve out for the set in the 10th game but dominated the tie-break to win the opener. 

Peers and Polasek were down 3-2 in the second set before they claimed back-to-back breaks to force a decider.

Losing the second set didn’t affect Salisbury and Skupski, who cruised past the match tie-break to win the San Diego title.