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 Khachanov & Daniil 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 Rojer & Horia 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 McLachlan & Jan-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 Delbonis & Máximo González were defeated in the final in Sao Paulo 6-4, 6-3.
Johanna Konta with Laura Siegemund were defeated by Victoria Azarenka & Zheng Saisai in the quarter-final of Alcapulco 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Heather Watson with Fanny Stollar were defeated by Anna Danilina & Ingrid Neel in the first round of Indian Wells 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Scott Clayton with Adil Shamasdin defeated Sander Arends & Tristan-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 Gil & Manuel Peña López in the quarter-final of Portugal 6-1, 6-1.
Sarah Beth Grey & Samantha Murray were defeated by Cristina Bucșa & Rosalie 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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