PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Joe Salisbury of Great Britain serves playin g with Rajeev Ram of the United States during their mens first round match against Salvatore Caruso of Italy and Davidovich Fokina of Spain during day five of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 03, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tennis | Doubles, ITF & Challenger Round Up | Joe Salisbury takes Cincinnati Masters doubles title
Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram were the top seeds at the Western & Southern Open. As a result, the Brit/American received a Bye into the second round. In the second round the top seeds were against Thanasi Kokkinakis & Nick Kyrgios. The first set was very close, as the Australians stayed toe to toe with the top seeds. Kokkinakis & Kyrgios forced a tiebreak and eased through to take the lead. The top seeds re-grouped in the second set and dominated the Australians to level the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was very close, but Salisbury & Ram edged through to the next round 6-7(3), 6-2, 10-8.
The quarter-final saw the Brit/American against Karen Khachanov & Denis Shapovalov. Salisbury & Ram dominated the first set, losing only one game. The second set saw Khachanov & Shapovalov force a tiebreak in the second set. In the breaker neither pair would give an inch, eventually, the top seeds got the break and edged into the semi-final 6-1, 7-6(8).
In the semi-final Salisbury & Ram were against Santiago González & Édouard Roger-Vasselin. The Mexican/French pair stayed close to the top seeds in both sets. However, the Brit/American were able to secure the break of serve to move into the final 6-4, 7-5.
The final pitched the top seeds against the sixth seeds Michael Venus & Tim Putz. Fittingly, both sets went to a tiebreak, as neither side could get the decisive breaks. In the first set tiebreak the Brit/American eased through and were one set away from another Masters title. The second tiebreak was closer, and Salisbury & Ram edged through and lifted the title 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
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