The hopes of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski of qualifying for the ATP Finals in London suffered a big setback when they lost to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters. Murray and Skupski entered the tournament on November 15, seventh in the rankings, which begins at London’s O2 Arena.
But after their 6-2 1-6 10-6 win in the French capital, Poland’s Kubot and Brazil’s Melo will overtake them. Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski lose a tight fight in Paris The pair were defeated by Marcelo Melo & Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 1-6, 10-6#BackTheBrits pic.twitter. Com/5R8f9BRxIQ- LTA (@the LTA) November 5, 2020 After losing the first set, Murray and Skupski battled back well, but two double faults in the deciding tie-break cost them dearly and they now have to hope that other results will go their way if they are to compete as a team in their first ATP final. Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, ninth in the standings at the moment, are already in the quarterfinals and will have another victory over Murray and Skupski. There is one qualifying tournament remaining, next week’s Sofia Open, but the points for grabs are much smaller than in Paris. Jamie Murray (left) has never played at the O2 with his former partner Bruno Soares (Adam Davy/PA) Skupski, though Murray has competed every year between 2015 and 2018 with his former partners John Peers and Bruno Soares. Diego Schwartzman is just one victory in singles away from taking the final singles spot at the O2. To reach the quarterfinals in Paris, the Argentine beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1, 6-1 and can only be denied if Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta wins the title.