Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury retain US Open crown | ATP Tour

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury successfully defended US Open Crown Friday as they overcame the second seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupsky 7-6(4), 7-5 to win their third Grand Slam title as a team.

In a showdown Arthur Ashe Stadium that was used to determine who finished the tournament as the individual No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP doubles rankings, it was the top seeds who showed up and delivered.

Britain’s Salisbury, who has now won 11 tour-level titles, will remain world No. 1 after the win. Skupski would have passed his compatriot and climbed to the top if he had won his seventh tour-level trophy of the year and his first major trophy with Dutchman Koolhof.

Ram and Salisbury effectively closed the net, attacking second serves and recovering from 1/4 in the first set’s tiebreak to finally triumph after an hour and 57 minutes to go 2-1 in their ATP Head2Head streak .

“I really have no words,” Ram said during the awards ceremony. “I had to come and play here the first year this stadium opened Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day when I was 14 and saw Sampras win that tournament. I was watching James [Blake] play an amazing game against Andre Agassi in 2005. I watched Andy Roddick win this tournament and Venus and Serena. Being a small part of that as an American, I don’t even know what to say. Thank you for coming out.”

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With their victory, the American-British tandem qualified as the second team after Koolhof and Skupski Nitto ATP Finals in November. They are also only the second team to defend their crown in New York. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde won the trophy in 1995 and 1996.

“It’s pretty crazy. I can’t believe we’re back here,” Salisbury said. “It’s very special to play in front of all of you at this incredible stadium. To have this piece of history, to win it twice in a row, is amazing.”

In a tight first set, break point opportunities were limited as both teams cut heavily on serve. Ram and Salisbury gained 88 percent (21/24) of the points behind their first delivery and found extra gear when needed by winning six points in a row from 1/4 in the tiebreak to the lead.

Skupski blasted a return winner to give the second seed an early break early in the second set, but the top seeds immediately responded with the 2-2 equaliser. Ram and Salisbury continued to attack, breaking again in game 12 to seal their win.

Ram and Salisbury who were edgy Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Fara To make the championship game, leave Flushing Meadows with a 17-2 record at the event and a 31-12 record on the season. The 2020 Australian Open Champions won ATP Masters 1000 trophies in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati while advancing to the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament Australian Open and Wimbledon.

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