Joe Salisbury in the second round-robin match at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, London
Joe Salisbury in the second round-robin match at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, London | (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Joe Salisbury made semi-final in Australian Open

By Glenys Furness

  • Joe Salisbury made the semi-final of the Australian Open
  • Didn’t drop a set en route
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram were the second seeds. The Brit/American made the semi-final before being defeated.

 

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Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram were the second seeds in the Australian Open. In the first round the Brit/American drew Nikoloz Basilashvili & Miomir Kecmanović. Salisbury & Ram outclassed the Georgian/Serbian pair. The second seeds broke serve in both sets and took the match to move into the next round in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The second round saw the second seeds against Marcus Daniell & Frederik Nielsen. Salisbury & Ram had little trouble with the Kiwi/Danish pair. The first set was a stroll in the park for the Brit/American as they broke at will to take the lead. The second set saw Daniell & Nielsen play a little better, however the seeds still dominated and moved into the next round 6-1, 6-2.

In the third round the second seeds were against Li Tu & Dane Sweeny. The Aussie pairing were more of a match to date for the Brit/American. Salisbury & Ram managed to secure a break of serve in the first set to take the lead. The second set was much the same. Tu & Sweeny tried to fight back, but the seeds secured the break of serve to move into the next round 6-4, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw the second seeds against Italian Pair Fabio Fognini & Simone Bolelli. In the first set the Italians stayed with the Brit/American at first. Salisbury & Ram managed to secure a break of serve and take the lead. The second set saw the second seeds dominate and move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-2.

In the semi-final Salisbury & Ram were against home favourites Max Purcell & Matthew Ebden. With the crowd behind them, the Aussies surprised the seeds and broke serve to take the lead. Salisbury & Ram fought back in the second and forced a tiebreak. In a very tense breaker it was the Aussies that managed to get the break and take the match 6-3, 7-6(11).

 

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Doubles Round Up

Joe Salisbury with Desirae Krawczyk were defeated by Giuliana Olmos & Marcelo Arévalo in the first round of the Australian Open 6-7(9), 6-4, 10-5.

Neal Skupski with Storm Sanders were defeated by Ben McLachlan & Ena Shibahara in the first round of the Australian Open 6-3, 7-6(10).

Jonny O’Mara with Andrei Vasilevski were defeated by Marcel Granollers & Horacio Zeballos in the second round of the Australian Open 6-3, 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliövaara were defeated by Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares in the second round of the Australian Open 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-1.

Ken Skupski & Dom Inglot were defeated by Ben McLachlan & Raven Klaasen in the second round of the Australian Open 7-5, 6-3.

Heather Watson with Jasmine Paolini were defeated by Dayana Yastremska & Marta Kostyuk in the second round of the Australian Open 6-4, 6-3.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Fabio Fognini & Simone Bolelli in the third round of the Australian Open 3-6, 7-6(9), 6-3.

Neal Skupski with Wesley Koolhof were defeated by Max Purcell & Matthew Ebden in the quarter-final of the Australian Open 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10).

Next week Brits play in Pune, Cleveland, Egypt, Spain, Tunisia & Turkey.

 

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