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Jamie Murray and John-Patrick Smith are one match away from winning the inaugural Murray Trophy – Glasgow after a 6-2, 6-3 win over Marek Gengel and Ramkumar Ramanathan on Saturday night.
The top seeds will play Ruben Bemelmans and Daniel Masur in Sunday’s final of the ATP Challenger tournament that Murray has worked with the LTA to curate.
Murray and Smith were dominant throughout as they cruised to victory within an hour and without dropping serve at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.
Murray said: “We played well. We took good care of our serve. They started to come back into it at the start of the second set but we held strong on serve and then played a great game to break at 4-3.
“It’s a good level of event here. There are a lot of guys trying to earn the points to move up to the next level. It would be fun to win and know I’ve won a tournament in my home country.”
Elsewhere on Saturday, Alexandre Muller defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 to reach the first Challenger final of his career.
Muller will play 20-year-old Finn, Emil Ruusuvuori, who sealed his place in the final with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jurij Rodionov.
The doubles final will take place at 13:00 and the singles final at 15:00.
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Top seed Malek Jaziri suffered an upset on Thursday as he was knocked out in the third round of the Murray Trophy – Glasgow.
Jaziri was well beaten by Alexandre Muller who took the match 6-3, 6-1. The Frenchman will play Spain’s Nicola Kuhn in the quarter-final after the No.7 seed battled past Mirza Basic to win 6-3, 6-4.
After his win Muller said: “It’s my biggest victory in my young career. He [Jaziri] is ranked 111 so I am very happy. I think he didn’t play his best level today, but I am very happy with my victory.
“This is my first indoor tournament of the year so I am very happy to reach the quarter-finals. I play against Kuhn in the next round so that will be a big match tomorrow.”
Elsewhere, India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan powered past the in-form Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-1 to book his place in the quarter-finals. Ramanathan has made the final on four occasions on the Challenger Tour but will be looking for his first piece of silverware this weekend.
In the longest and closest singles match of the day on Centre Court, Daniel Masur defeated No.3 seed Quentin Halys in two tie-break sets 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Masur is one win away from matching his recent run to the semi-final in Mallorca.
Jamie Murray is back in doubles action with Australian partner John-Patrick-Smith not before 18:30 tonight. The pair take on Turkish duo Altug Celikbilek and Cem Ilkel in the second round.
All matches on Centre Court are streamed live on the LTA's Facebook and YouTube as well as the BBC Sport website.
Jamie Murray and John-Patrick Smith opened up their doubles campaign with a comfortable win over British wild cards Marshall Tutu and David Wright at the Murray Trophy – Glasgow on Wednesday evening.
The pair, who have not previously played a competitive match together, looked in good form as they dominated a match they eventually won 6-4, 6-2.
Murray said: “The first match was a lot of fun. He’s a good guy and I’ve known him for a long time. He is fun to be on the court with.
“He told me he was coming to play in Glasgow when we were in New York and I said I don’t have a partner so if you want to play let’s do it. He seemed pretty fired up so it’s great that we’re doing it.”
Elsewhere on day three, fourth seed Emil Ruusuvuori from Finland edged a close three-set match against Jonathan Mridha 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Confidence is high for the Finn coming into the Murray Trophy – Glasgow following his victory against Dominic Thiem in the Davis Cup tie last weekend.
In the second match of the day, Cem Ilkel from Turkey recovered from losing an opening set tie-break, to convincingly beat Luca Vanni 6-7(10), 6-2, 6-0.
Viktor Durasovic, from Norway, made a fast start in his match to ease to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over John-Patrick Smith – before the Australian’s win with Murray in the evening.
And an all-German third round tie went the way of Tobias Kamke as he beat Johannes Haerteis (ten years his junior), 6-3, 6-4. Kamke is looking to win his ninth Challenger-level title having previously won in Loughborough in 2011.
All matches on Centre Court are streamed live on the LTA's Facebook and YouTube as well as the BBC Sport website. A limited number of tickets are still available from £12 - tickets can be purchased online or on the door.
Glasgow’s Aidan McHugh was beaten on the second day of action at the Murray Trophy – Glasgow; an LTA event organised in partnership with Jamie Murray.
The 19-year-old fought back from a break down to take the first set against Arthur Rinderknech to a tie-break, but failed to capitalise on two set points and the Frenchman eventually took it 12-10.
McHugh battled well in the second set but Rinderknech, ranked 142 places above the Scot, held on to an early break to clinch the match 7-6(10), 6-4.
Earlier in the day, Brits Scott Duncan, Luke Johnson and Harry Wendelken fell to higher ranked opponents, while Lloyd Glasspool lost in three sets to Spanish seventh seed Nicola Kuhn 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Kuhn lost the first set to a fluent Glasspool, and also fell a break down in the decider, but he recovered immediately to win the last four games and secure victory.
Glasspool and partner Scott Clayton were also defeated in the doubles 7-5, 7-6(7) against Marek Gengel of the Czech Republic and India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Elsewhere, top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia eased past Italian Julian Ocleppo 7-6(0), 6-3.
The 35-year-old said: “This is my first time here in Glasgow and Scotland and it’s really nice. The people are really nice. It is very well organised and I think [Jamie] Murray and the LTA has made, from what I can see, a very good tournament. There was a good crowd for my first round which gives the players extra motivation. It is a great event for the next generation of players.”
Jamie Murray is in doubles action on Wednesday, taking on British pair Marshall Tutu and David Wright alongside Australian partner John-Patrick Smith.
The event also hosted a schools tennis festival where local pupils were given a free session of coaching and games, along with a chance to watch the action from the tournament.
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