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Inglot run comes to an end

GB's Dominic Inglot is out of the men's doubles at the Australian Open after a narrow quarter-final defeat with Filipino partner Treat Huey.

The pair were two points away from victory in the second-set tie-break against American Eric Butorac and South Africa's Raven Klaasen but eventually lost 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (8/6) 6-4.

Huey's serve was broken in the seventh game but the Filipino's mis-hit return on break point in the next game turned into a perfect lob and they levelled at 4-4.

Huey and Inglot missed a set point in the 12th game but won the final four points of the tie-break.

The second set was extremely tight, with only a couple of break points, and it looked like Butorac and Klaasen were poised to win the tie-break at 6-3.

Huey and Inglot saved all three set points but a fourth followed and this time the British doubles number one netted a volley.

The crucial moments of the match came at the end of the deciding set.

First Huey saved a break point in a long service game to make it 4-3, and he and Inglot had four chances to break the Butorac serve but all of them went begging.

When Butorac and Klaasen brought up 0-40 on the Inglot serve, they were not so charitable, and the South African served out the victory.

It has nevertheless been a good week for Huey and Inglot, who also reached the quarter-finals at the US Open, and there is little shame in losing to the conquerors of the Bryan brothers.

Inglot struggled to put aside thoughts of what might have been after coming off court, saying: "It's pretty disappointing.

"Those guys played really good points to get themselves out of that 4-3 game, it's not like we had sitter volleys and didn't put them away, so credit to them. Obviously there were some opportunities that you're always going to look back at.

"If you'd said to me beforehand that I'd get to play Butorac and Klaasen in the quarter-finals, I would have bitten your hand off. But similarly if you'd told them they would be playing us they'd probably have bitten your hand off as well. It was a great opportunity for both teams.

"We didn't underestimate them in the slightest. You're obviously pretty good if you can beat the Bryans in straight sets."

Inglot and Huey narrowly missed out on qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals last season and the Londoner is confident they are making progress.

"We're definitely going out there and playing better and I think we're moving in the right direction," he said.

"It's not going to be easy. You've got to take confidence from hearing stories about someone like Daniel Nestor.

"When he was in his first grand slam final he had match point and he hit a winner but hit the net with his racquet. They lost that match and he wasn't in another final for three years.

"If you think about what he's going through for those three years, that's a bit of a killer, but he's obviously won plenty of grand slams since then.

"I didn't have match point and it wasn't the final but those are the kind of situations you'll go through. Hopefully I'll be looking back in a year's time or six month's time and laughing at me thinking this is such a disappointment. You use these times later on."