Koolhof/Daniell Reach First Team Final In Stockholm
Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof reached their maiden tour-level final as a team on Saturday, beating Julien Benneteau and Lucas Pouille 7-6(5), 7-6(7) at the Intrum Stockholm Open.
Daniell and Koolhof saved set points in each set to defeat the French duo after one hour and 43 minutes in the Swedish capital. The third seeds also saved six of eight break points and won 55 per cent of second-serve return points en route to victory.
Daniell and Koolhof will meet Nature Valley International titlists Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara for the title. The British duo reached its second tour-level final of the season on Friday, defeating Simone Bolelli and Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4.
Roger-Vasselin Edges Closer To Second Antwerp Crown
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, alongside countryman Nicolas Mahut, reached his second European Open final in three years, defeating defending champion Divij Sharan and partner Artem Sitak 7-5, 7-6(3)
The French pairing, which owns a 5-1 tour-level-final record, reached its second championship match of 2018, winning 40 of 48 first-serve points to advance after 88 minutes. In 2016, Roger-Vasselin won the inaugural European Open crown with recently-retired Canadian Daniel Nestor.
Mahut and Roger-Vasselin, the Moselle Open titlists, will face Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez in Sunday’s final. The Turkish Airlines Open Antalya champions defeated Gerard Granollers and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes on Friday.