By Glenys Furness

  • Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram claimed the title in Dubai
  • Brit & American didn’t drop a set en route
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram were seeded fourth and claimed the title in the ATP 500 event without dropping a set.


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Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram teamed up with together for the ATP 500 event in Dubai. The Brit/American were seeded fourth. In the first round the seeds were drawn again Karen KhachanovDaniil Medvedev. The Russians were of no match for the seeds, who dominated both sets and lost only 3 games as they moved into the next round 6-2, 6-1.

The quarter-final had the seeds against Leander Paes & Benoît Paire. Salisbury & Ram continued their good form from the first round. The Brit/American dominated the first set, breaking more or less at will and took the lead. In the second set Paes & Paire tried harder to get into the match, but the seeds were up to the task and moved into the semi-final 6-1, 6-3.

In the semi-final Salisbury & Ram were facing Jean-Julien RojerHoria Tecău. The Dutch/Romanian team proved to be the trickiest opponents to date. Forcing a tiebreak in the first set Rojer & Tecău were edged in the breaker leaving the seeds to take the lead. The second set saw the seeds break serve on the Dutch/Romanian and book the spot in the final 7-6(4), 6-3.

The final saw the fourth seeds facing Ben McLachlanJan-Lennard Struff. Salisbury & Ram were again pushed to a tie break in the first set. McLachlan & Struff stayed toe to toe to force the breaker, again it was the seeds who secured the lead edging the tiebreak. In the second set the Japanese/German team tried to fight back, however the seeds broke serve with McLachlan & Struff were not able to get back and the title went to the fourth seeds 7-6(4), 6-3.


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Doubles Round Up

Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by McLachlan & Struff in the first round in Dubai 6-2, 6-2.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Robert Lindstedt & Frances Tiafoe in the first round in Acapulco 6-2, 7-6(4).

Neal Skupski with John Millman were defeated by Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan in the first round in Acapulco 6-3, 6-4.

Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Federico DelbonisMáximo González were defeated in the final in Sao Paulo 6-4, 6-3.

Johanna Konta with Laura Siegemund were defeated by Victoria AzarenkaZheng Saisai in the quarter-final of Alcapulco 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.

Heather Watson with Fanny Stollar were defeated by Anna DanilinaIngrid Neel in the first round of Indian Wells 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.

Scott Clayton with Adil Shamasdin defeated Sander ArendsTristan-Samuel Weissborn in the final of Pau Challenger 7-6(4), 5-7, 10-8.

Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas defeated Arjun Kadhe & Jason Taylor in the final of Albury, Australia 4-6, 7-5, 11-9.

Toby Martin with Remy Bertola were defeated by Michiel De Krom & in the quarter-final of Sharm El Sheikh 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-7.

Harry Wendelken with Otto Virtanen were defeated by Fred GilManuel Peña López in the quarter-final of Portugal 6-1, 6-1.

Sarah Beth Grey & Samantha Murray were defeated by Cristina BucșaRosalie Van Der Hoek in the first round of Macon 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.

Naomi Broady with Shérazad Reix were defeated by Claudia Giovine & Angelica Moratelli in the semi-final of Macon 7-5, 7-5.

Katy Dunne with Ivana Jorović were defeated by Risa Ushijima & Minori Yonehara in the semi-final of Osaka 2-2 RET.

Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Zhuhai, Australia, Portugal, Qatar, Norway, Japan, Mexico & France.


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