defending champion Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury overcame fierce resistance Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinsky on Tuesday to complete a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 quarterfinal win and maintain their drive for back-to-back titles US Open in NYC.
The top-seeded American-British pair missed four match points in the second set 5-4 as Nys and Zielinski rallied to earn the second-set tiebreak and force the decider at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Ram and Salisbury, chasing their third Grand Slam crown this fortnight at Flushing Meadows, responded with a crucial break in the opening game of the third set, capping a two-hour and 34-minute triumph.
Ram and Salisbury, who have won ATP Masters 1000 trophies in Cincinnati and Monte Carlo this season, will meet at No. 11 next Lloyd glass pool and Harry Helovaara or champion 2019 Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Fara in NYC.
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Koolhof and Skupski, currently No. 2 and No. 1 respectively in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Live rankings, converted all four break point opportunities they created in a clinical quarterfinal. Dutchman Koolhof and Briton Skupski will now prepare as a team for their first Grand Slam semi-final, where their opponents will be third-seeded Marcelo Arevalo and Jean Julien Rojer.
Dutchman Rojer and El Salvador’s Arevalo, who haven’t lost a set throughout the tournament, served exceptionally well on Tuesday, missing 84% of their heavy first serves on just eight first serves. The pair have won three titles this season, including an 11-game winning streak as they triumphed at the ATP 250 events in Dallas, Texas and Delray Beach, Florida.
Cabal and Farah who triumphed at the US Open in 2019, will now seek to avenge his loss earlier this season in Monte Carlo to Ram and Salisbury, who won in a match tiebreak to clinch the title.
Should they claim their second title at the final Slam of the season, the Colombian duo would move up five spots to fourth place in the Pepperstone ATP Live doubles teams rankings, increasing their chances of making it to the season finale in Milan, Italy.