ATP Doubles: Rajeev Ram & Joe Salisbury beat No. 1 seeds for Vienna title



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ATP Doubles: Rajeev Ram & Joe Salisbury beat No. 1 seeds for Vienna title

USA's Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain have won the 2019 Erste Bank Open 500 doubles title after a big Vienna final performance to beat No. 1 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. Ram, 35, and 27-year-old Salisbury fired 10 aces, won 77 percent of their first serve points and saved 2-of-2 of Kubot and Melo's break point opportunities en route to handing the top seeds a 6-5 6-7 (5) 10-5 loss in an hour and 47 minutes of play.

Ram and Salisbury, seeded at No. 4, realized their lone break point of the first set in the third game and then saved a break point in the following game to win the opener. Kubot and Melo managed to force a decider after converting their third set in the second set tie-break but Ram and Salisbury didn't panic as they cruised past the match tie-break to lift their third title of the year.

The key in Ram and Salisbury's win over Kubot and Melo was the five-point won run they put in the match tie-break to take a comfortable 9-3 lead as the top seeds couldn't find the way to recover from the huge deficit.

Elsewhere, fourth-seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau needed just two sets to overcome rising American stats Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka in the Swiss Indoors Basel final 7-5 6-3. One break in each set was enough for the experienced doubles specialists Rojer and Tecau, who saved all three break points they faced in the key moments of the first set.

Overall, Rojer and Tecau had an outstanding serving display as they also hit eight aces and won 94 percent of their first serve points en route to winning their second title of the season in an hour and nine minutes of action in the Basel final.