jamie murray and neal skupski

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski kept alive their desire of reaching next week’s ATP Finals with a first round win at the Sofia Open.

The Britons are pursuing the final spot in the doubles event at the prestigious end-of-season tournament in London.

They beat Slovakia’s Igor Zelenay and India’s Divij Sharan 6-3 3-6 10-6 in the Bulgarian capital on Monday.

Murray and Skupksi must reach the final here to have a chance of qualifying for the ATP Finals, which start on Sunday.

The pair need to overtake Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who currently occupy the eighth and final qualifying place. If top seeds Melzer and Roger-Vasselin were also to reach the final in Sofia, Murray and Skupski would not be able to qualify.

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