Nitto ATP Finals 2023: Results & updates
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All the latest results and updates from the British players competing at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin from 12-19 November.
- Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram make it back-to-back titles after defeating Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the final
- Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof exit after loss against Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden 6-4, 7-6(5)
- Salisbury and Ram aim to retain their doubles title
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Day eight: Salisbury and Ram crowned champions in Turin for the second successive years
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram have successfully defended their Nitto ATP title in Turin after defeating fifth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, 6-3, 6-4.
Going into the final showdown, both doubles partnerships had milestones on the line, with Salisbury and Ram looking to defend their title, and Granollers and Zeballos bidding to conclude their season as year-end world No.1’s.
The Spanish, Argentinian duo showcased strong hitting from the get-go, as they look to apply early pressure on the Ram serve before the defending champions saved a break point and eventually held firm.
At 2-1, the three-time US Open champions capitalised off a dip in form on the Spaniards serve - bringing up three break points as Ram launched a forehand down the line to secure the first and only break of the opening set to put the British, American just one set away from victory in Turin.
As they battled into the second set, Zeballos and Granollers tightened up on serve as they tried to get the match back on level terms. However, the British, American duo took advantage of the old balls at 3-3, as the door to another break began to open. With four break points presented to them, a sharp volley at the net from the Brit dealt the fatal blow as the reigning champions took complete control of the set.
Stepping up to the baseline to serve for the championship, the American held his nerve as they wrapped up a doubles masterclass in just 68 minutes to be crowned doubles champions for the second year on the bounce.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram will have the chance to defend their Nitto ATP Finals title after knocking out Santiago Gonzalez and Eduoard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-7 in the semi-finals.
This will be their third back-to-back final in the competition as the four-time Grand Slam champions extended their unbeaten run at the Nittto ATP Finals to nine matches.
Their opponents in the final will be 2023 Wimbledon runners-up Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos
In a first set underpinned by impressive serving, when they did face break points at 2-2, Salisbury and Ram showed great composure to put away two well-placed volleys.
They battled on to a tie-break where, having gone 3-0 down, Salisbury found his best return of the match to overturn the mini break. Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin had been incredibly solid at the net throughout the opener, but the Mexican’s failed to clear the net with a low volley at 5-5 before the Brit served it out for the lead.
From 3-2 up in the second, Gonzalez completely took over the game against Ram’s serve, breaking the US Open champions to love as they wrestled momentum back in their favour. The fourth seeds went on a run of 12 consecutive points before wrapping up the set as the clock hit an hour and a half.
Salisbury and Ram have been undefeated in the two match tie-breaks they’ve played this week and in the biggest moment, found their groove once again. Having claimed the mini-break on the second point of the tie-break, the reigning champions held the rest of the way to book their spot in Sunday’s final.
Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof have exited the Nitto ATP Finals having lost their third and final match in Red Group to Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden 6-4. 7-6(5).
The Wimbledon champions' final match together ended in defeat after and hour and 24 minutes thanks to a solid performance from Bopanna and Ebden.
In a straight shoot-out with the third seeds for a place in Saturday’s semi-finals, Skupski and Koolhof were unable to find any sort of opportunity on the Bopanna or Ebden’s serve. The Indian, Australian duo took their fifth break point of the first set and dropped just 10 points on serve in two sets, through to a tie-break in the second.
Looking for a spark of inspiration, Skupski thought he'd found it with a backhand return winner to kick-start the tie-break as they stormed to a 4-1 lead. However, a couple of crucial errors from the second seeds gave Bopanna and Ebden the opportunity to draw level and clinched the match off a double fault on the first match point.
Meanwhile, Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram extended their unbeaten run at the Nitto ATP Finals eight matches, stretching back to 2022 with a 5-7, 6-1, 10-2 win over Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler.
Salisbury and Ram came into the match knowing that they had already qualified for the semi-finals, but showed great character to come from a set down before dominating the match tie-break.
In the final four, they will face Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Day four at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin welcomed an all-British battle between the two highest ranked doubles players.
Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury went head-to-head in their second match in the Red Group, with reigning champions, Salisbury and Rajeev Ram coming out on top in a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 victory to secure their spot in the semi-finals once again.
In a tight match of fine margins, it was a single break of serve that determined the outcome of the first two sets. With the scoreboard tied at a set apiece, it was down to a match deciding tie-break to to settle the contest.
After trailing the tie-break 5-3, Ram and Salisbury worked their way through the gears as they went on to win seven of the nine points from there on out, with American Ram sealing the win with a thundering ace.
While Salisbury and Ram have already qualified for Saturday’s semi-final, Skupski and Koolhof will be left to battle it out against Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden on Friday in a bid to snap up the last remaining spot.
Skupski and Wesley Koolhof got off to a flying start on day two, defeating Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler 6-4, 6-3 to open their campaign.
Meanwhile, defending champions Salisbury and Rajeev Ram picked up an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over third seeds Matthew Ebden and Rohan Bopanna.
Skupski and Koolhof – who reached the semi-finals in last year’s competition – were in full control from the start of the contest and bookended the first set with a pair of crucial breaks.
A clinical performance from the British, Dutch duo saw them drop just three points on serve in the second set to wrap up the win in an hour and 20 minutes.
Into the evening session and it was a very similar story for Salisbury and Ram. In a repeat of the US Open final back in September, Salisbury and Ram broke the Australian, Indian duo on their last service game of both sets to get their title-challenge off to a winning start.
The Wimbledon and US Open champions are set to face off this week in what could be the group decider. The two teams faced each other in the final four last year, with Salisbury and Ram winning a close match.