National Bank Open 2023: Results & updates
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Follow the latest results and updates from the British tennis stars in action at the National Bank Open in Toronto and Montreal from 7-13 August.
- Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram finished runners-up
- Men's draw
- Women's draw
- Live scores
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Day seven: Salisbury and Ram lose out in final
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram were denied a fourth ATP Masters 1000 doubles title at the National Bank Open - losing out to Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-3, 6-1 in the final.
The British, American duo, leave Toronto having regained some form ahead of a busy hard court swing, which now heads to the Western & Southern Open before they attempt to defend their title at the US Open.
Arevalo and Rojer had come through match tie-breaks in three of their previous matches, but playing for their first ATP Masters 1000 title, they bought their A-game. They dominated from both the baseline and around the net, combining for three breaks of serve to see out the win in one hour.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are now just one match away from lifting the men's doubles title at the National Bank Open after defeating sixth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes.
The British, American duo are set to play in their fifth ATP Masters 1000 final together - having won three of their previous four, including the National Bank Open in 2021. They will be pursuing their second title of the year, having also won the doubles trophy in Lyon back in May.
In the final, they will take on experienced doubles duo, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, who beat last month's Wimbledon runners-up Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
The third seeds were clinical at the net in the opening stages, taking a break in the opening game on a deuce deciding point. While the German team were able to level up the score at 3-3, they were knocked back straight away thanks to a brilliant stretched volley from Salisbury to set up and eventually take their second break point of the match.
Having held on to wrap up the opener, Ram produced a moment of genius at the start of the second with an inch perfect lob at 1-1 deuce to clinch the only break of the set. Ram and Salisbury only dropped four points on serve through the second set - booking their place in the final with an impressive win over the German side.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram's journey in Toronto continues after the pair pulled off a comeback win to secure their spot in the final four.
Salisbury - the last remaining Brit in the tournament - and Ram came from a set down to beat Max Purcell and Andrey Rublev 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
A thundering serve from the Brit on the pair's first match point secured the victory after world No.7 Andrey Rublev plummeted a backhand into the net.
The British, American duo will now battle Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz for a place in their first Masters 1000 final of the year.
Andy Murray was unable to compete in his third round match against Jannik Sinner at the National Bank Open due to an abdominal strain.
Murray had reached the last 16 after wins against Lorenzo Sonego and Max Purcell before withdrawing ahead of Thursday night's match.
“I had a very similar issue last year in the tournament in Stuttgart before Wimbledon which forced me to miss the Queen’s Club tournament and I was able to play Wimbledon," Murray said.
“This is not as bad as that but obviously the danger if you compete and play on it is you make it worse.
"I’ll need to see how it develops over the coming days and hopefully feel better in a few days. I’m really sorry."
Joe Salisbury is the last remaining Brit in the main draw having reached the quarter-finals of the men's doubles with Rajeev Ram.
Salisbury and Ram saved a match point to beat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-7(3), 6-3, 12-10 to set up a last eight clash against Max Purcell and Andrey Rublev.
Jamie Murray and Michael Venus however bowed out to fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-3.
Andy Murray's jouney at the National Bank Open moves on to the third round after the former world No.1 fought past Australia's Max Purcell in three sets, while British No.1 Katie Boulter lost out to sixth seed Coco Gauff.
Murray defeated Purcell 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 48 minutes to set up a clash with seventh seed Jannik Sinner in the last 16.
Having lost his early break lead, Murray dominated the tie-break to take the opening set, but Purcell rallied back to level the scores in the second.
It appeared Murray's chance may have come and gone, with the Australian taking a 4-2 lead in the decider, but the British star once again showed his trademark fighting spirit. At 4-4, momentum completely shifted in Murray's favour. Despite missing out on two match points on Purcell's next service game, he took his chance at the fourth time of asking to seal another strong win in Canada.
Boulter's run in Montreal came to an end with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Gauff in the second round. The world No.72 came through qualifying and the first round without losing a set, but in the end, last week's Citi Open champion proved too tough on the day.
Wimbledon champions Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof exited in the second round in Toronto.
Despite winning the opening set tie-break and having the chance to serve out the match at 6-5 in the second, Skupski and Koolhof eventually lost to Hubert Hurkacz and Mate Pavic 6-7(2), 7-6(2), 10-5.
Britain's Murray stormed through to the second round at the National Bank Open in Toronto after dispatching world No.39 Lorenzo Sonego 7-6(3), 6-0.
After a tight opening set, the fate was eventually settled by a tie-break which fell the way of two-time champion Murray. With the momentum leaning in his favour, the Brit wasted no time sprinting to the finish line as he wrapped up the set in 41 minutes to secure his first win in Canada since he lifted the title in Montreal back in 2015.
He'll now go on to face Max Purcell in the second round.
However it was a challenging day for British No.1 Norrie who was denied a spot in the next round after suffering a 7-5, 6-4 defeat to the in-form Alex de Minaur.
Just days after he lifted the biggest title of his career at the Citi Open, British No.2 Evans also exited in the first round following a 7-6(4), 7-5 loss to Canada's Gabriel Diallo.
Murray and New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus took down Argentine duo Francisco Cerundolo and Thomas Etcheverry 7-6(5), 6-3 to reach the next round where they'll battle Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden.
Meanwhile, Glasspool and Finnish partner Harri Heliovaara lost out to singles start Hubert Hurkacz and Croatia's Mate Pavic, 6-2, 7-5.
Joint world No.1's Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof will kick off their campaigns in Toronto later on today.
British No.1 Katie Boulter continued her winning record at the National Bank Open in Montreal as the qualifier defeated Canadian Rebecca Marino 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the main draw.
An impressive performance from the Brit saw her drop just three points off her first serve throughout the match as well as breaking the 32-year-old twice in each set.
The Brit is yest to drop a set in her three matches through qualifying and the first round in Canada.
Boulter now moves on to face sixth seed and last week's Citi Open champion Coco Gauff in the second round.