Australian Open: Rajeev Ram, Joe Salisbury make back-to-back finals

Ram and Salisbury beat No. 6 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the semifinal.

by Dzevad Mesic
Australian Open: Rajeev Ram, Joe Salisbury make back-to-back finals

Defending Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury have managed to make back-to-back finals at Melbourne Park as on Sunday they will be battling for their second team Grand Slam title. Ram and Salisbury, seeded at No.

5, handed a straight-set defeat to 2016 Australian Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-4 7-6 (2) to reach the men's doubles final at Melbourne Park. Murray and Soares, seeded at No. 6, made a perfect start to the match as they claimed an early break in the second game and took an early 3-0 first-set lead.

Unfortunately for Murray and Soares, their lead was short-lived as Ram and Salisbury broke back in the fifth game and in the following game served out to make the set tied at three games apiece. Murraay and Soares avoided back-to-back breaks as they saved a break point in the seventh game but couldn't do the same two games later as Ram and Salisbury broke for a 5-4 lead.

After claiming a break in the ninth game, Ram and Salisbury easily served out for the set as they realized their second set point in the 10th game.

Ram and Salisbury came up big in key moments

The teams firmly held on to their serves in the second set as not a single break point was seen in the set.

In the tie-break of the second set, Murray and Soares won the opening point but then lost the following three points as Ram and Salisbury took a 3-1 lead. Murray and Soares managed to win the following point to reduce the deficit to 3-2 but that was all from them as Ram and Salisbury then won four points in a row to win the tie-break and earn a straight-set win.

Ram and Salisbury will be fighting against No. 9 seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek for the Australian Open title. On Wednesday, Dodig and Polasek recovered from a set down to stun No. 2 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. It remains to be seen if Ram and Salisbury can claim back-to-back Australian Open men's doubles titles on Sunday.

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