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Venus, Skupski move into Queens final

Michael Venus and Neal Skupski are through to the doubles final at the Queens Club in London
New Zealand's Michael Venus about to hit a forehand volley in the semifinals at the Queens club in London PHOTO; ATP

New Zealand's Michael Venus and Britain's Neal Skupski are into the final at the prestigious Queens tournament in London.

In the semifinal they beat Austin Krajicek (United States) and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 7-6(6) 6-4 to book a spot in Sunday’s final.

It will be Venus’s 45th career ATP doubles final and possibly his first grass court title since 2019.


Each team was broken once during the first set and the tiebreak was also tight, but at 2-3, Venus twisted his body around to hit a winning backhand volley at the net to get a mini break at the change of ends.

Cheered on by a big crowd on Centre Court Venus and Skupski went on to have three set points, although were unable to convert them.

But at 6-7 Skupski was able to hit backhand return down the line to win the opening set.

Big serving continued to dominate in the second set before Venus and Skupski broke Dodig and then the kiwi held to wrap up the match.

In the final they face singles players Karen Kachenov (Russia) and American Taylor Fritz.


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