Inglot and Skugor, who captured their maiden team crown on their debut in Budapest, fired nine aces and dropped just five points behind their first serves (31/36) to claim victory after 70 minutes. The British-Croatian duo, now 24-12 this season, also triumphed at the Libema Open (d. Klaasen/Venus) in June.
“I would like to thank Franko for playing with me this year,” said Inglot. “It has been a great year and hopefully we can finish strong in Paris.”
Appearing in his third Basel final, Inglot lifted his second trophy at the event and 11th overall tour-level crown. The 32-year-old triumphed at the Swiss event in 2013 alongside Treat Huey after the pair reached the 2012 final (l. to Nestor/Zimonjic).
Currently ranked at a career-high No. 32 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, Skugor is now a three-time ATP World Tour champion with each of his three title runs coming alongside Inglot this season. Prior to 2018, the 31-year-old had reached two tour-level championship matches at 2014 Umag (w/Lajovic) and 2017 Gstaad (w/Eysseric).
“It has been a great partnership so far,” said Skugor. “In the first tournament we played [in Budapest] we won and suddenly we realised we not only won the tournament but we had good chemistry between us.”
The Zverev brothers, who won their only doubles trophy as a team last year in Montpellier, were aiming to capture their second tour-level crown in their sixth final. Alexander Zverev, who reached a career-high No. 89 in the ATP Doubles Rankings last year, has shared all six doubles championship-match appearances with his brother.