Salisbury and Ram crowned champions in New York
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Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram clinched their second Grand Slam title together after defeating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the US Open men’s doubles final.
After losing the first set, Salisbury and Ram took charge of the match, racking up 51 winners en route to being crowned champions in an hour and 47 minutes.
It was an uncharacteristically shaky start from Ram on the serve with the British American duo forced into saving two early break points to start the match – but the warning signs were there.
Salisbury and Ram had only lost one service game in their five matches at this year’s US Open, but at 3-3, a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes from the Brit, including a low volley into the net, gifted Murray and Soares the initial breakthrough.
The 2016 US open champions looked at their best in the early stages, particularly off the serve. Murray and Soares clocked 74% of first serves in during the opening set to their opponents 52%, which proved the difference.
A couple of classy volleys and a lob from the experienced Brazilian clinched their second break and with it, the first set.
The response from Salisbury and Ram was instant. Salisbury played arguably the shot of the match clipping a low forehand wide of the outstretched Murray to set up break point, which they took at the first time of asking.
The switch flicked and the energy returned to the 2020 Australian Open champions. As the momentum shifted, so did the score line. They won four games on the bounce, blasting 16 winners, as they wrapped up the set 6-2.
It became increasingly difficult for Murray and Soares to get a foothold in the match and they had to play at their very best to stay in the points early in the third. They saved three break points in the first game of the set but couldn’t hold them back Salisbury and Ram on the fourth.
At 4-2, Salisbury opened the game again with a wand of an angled forehand return, which was quickly followed by a hammer blow from Ram. Murray and Soares clawed their way back into the game, but the waves of pressure kept coming.
The second break of serve all but confirmed the result as Salisbury saw out the win with a vintage serving game.
“It’s just amazing to out here playing on Arthur Ashe for the first time,” said Salisbury.
“To have won this with Rajeev is a dream come true and I have to say thank you to him, he’s been an incredible partner for the last three years.”
Salisbury then returned to court less than two hours later to join Desirae Krawczyk in the mixed doubles semi-finals. The Brit made it two wins from two on the day as the British, American team defeated Austin Krajicek and Jessica Pegula 7-6(2), 6-4.
The 2021 French Open champions will take on Giuliana Olmos and Marcelo Arevalo for a shot at their second title of the season.
Alfie Hewett is through to his fifth US Open singles final after beating Gustavo Fernandez 6-2, 6-4. He will play top seed and Paralympics gold medallist Shingo Kunieda in the final who battled past Gordon Reid in three sets on Friday night.
Hewett and Reid have continued their unbeaten Grand Slam doubles run stretching back to 2019 and will compete for their fifth consecutive US Open title against Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda.
Jordanne While and Yui Kamiji take on top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek Van Koot as they look to retain their title.