Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski have just lost their quarter final match against Lukasz Kubot & Oliver Marach. The match went to a third set championship tie breaker after the Brit duo had claimed the first set and missed three match points in the second set.
Kubot & Oliver Marach finally claimed the match 5-7 7-6(7-3) 10-7 in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Fleming and Skupski took the first set 7-5, the crucial break of serve coming in the 11th game. The second set went a to a tie break, but not before the British team a secured a break of serve and Ken Skupski served for the match. At 40-15 the Brits had two match points but were not able to convert. Importantly there was no sign of a “choke”, simply out played by Kubot and Marach who leveled the match and forced the tie break.
Kubot and Marach secured an early mini-break in the tie break before a second mini-break secured the second set.
The Brits claimed an early mini break in the super tie break courtesy of a double fault but lost it and Kubot & Marach leveled at 5-5. After that Fleming and Skupski drop two service points to give Kubot & Marach 4 match points at 9-5. They managed to save two them before ultimately losing the final point on their own serve.
Their performance tonight and against the Bryan’s on Wednesday proved that these two Brits have a big future in the men’s doubles game. They didn’t just put in a typical good effort tonight, Fleming and Skupski matched the 6th best team in the world point for point and the match was settled on the finest of margins.
Watch out for these two at Eastbourne next week and Wimbledon the week after. The pair have been granted wild cards for both these events. The typical Brit display would see these two go out in the first round, but Skupski and Fleming are used to winning this season (see below) and these two could well buck the trend of “0ther Brits” at Wimbledon.
Kubot & Marach will next face the team of Wesley Moodie and Mikhail Youzhny who won 7-5 6-3 this evening. It was Mikhail Youzhny second match of the day after losing to James Blake earlier in the day.
Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski may have just had the best win of their career against the number 1 ranked doubles team in the world the Bryan Brothers, but their next match of the 2009 AEGON Championships at Queens Club is even more important.
They take on 5th seeds Lukasz Kubot & Oliver Marach (6th best team in the world) in the quarter finals later tonight. Their win on Wednesday against the Bryan’s will only be a one match wonder if they fail to impress in their match tonight.
Lukasz Kubot & Oliver Marach took out Andy Murray and Lleyton in the second round convincingly 6-4 6-3.
Ken Skupski knows what this week means, he told reporters,
These guys (the Bryan’s) are going to be seeded number one at Wimbledon, If we can take them down we feel like we can go ahead and take anybody in the tournament and get as far as we can. it’s the pinnacle of my career. It’s one of those things you sort of sit back after you’ve finished and just reflect on what has happened. It really hasn’t sunk in yet, it’s going to take another few days to really understand what we’ve achieved. There’s still a tournament to win, We play again on Friday and, hopefully, if we keep our performance high and play well, we could find ourselves in the semi-finals on Saturday
Skupski has reached 5 futures finals in the last 12 months and won them all, he has reached 6 challenger finals and won 3 of them. Whilst Colin Fleming has reached 9 futures finals in the last 12 months and won 7 of them and also reached 6 challenger finals and won 3 of them.
They have gained 45 ranking points for reaching this far, which is only the equivalent of some challenger semi-finals. If the duo have ambitions of making regular appearances on the tour they must replicate their challenger and Futures results here this week.