American Rajeev Ram and Great Britain's Joe Salisbury were more than thrilled after winning the Toronto Masters doubles title. Ram and Salisbury, seeded at No. 3, surprised top-seeded Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-3 4-6 10-3 in the Toronto doubles final.
Ram and Salisbury were playing their fourth final of the season. After ending runners-up at the Australian Open, Rome Masters and Eastbourne, Ram and Salisbury have finally won a title in 2021. "It was great to have another battle with Mektic and Pavic,” Salisbury said.
“Thank you to Rajeev [Ram] on being such an amazing partner. We have had a good year together. We have had some tough losses, and this is our first title together this year and first Masters 1000 title together, so this one is really special”.
Ram and Salisbury get their revenge
Ram and Salisbury had a promising Wimbledon campaign but it ended in the semifinal following a loss to Mektic and Pavic.
Ram and Salisbury have now clashed Mektic and Pavic five times this season and lost four meetings.
On Sunday in Toronto, Ram and Salisbury got their revenge. Ram and Salisbury claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Ram and Salisbury then saved two break points in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener in the 10th game.
Mektic and Pavic responded in the second set as they claimed their first break of the match in the 10th game to force a decider. Losing the second set in such a disappointing way didn't affect Ram and Salisbury as they absolutely dominated the match tie-break to claim the Toronto title.
Mektic and Pavic, who recently won the Tokyo Olympics, were aiming to win their 10th title of the season. "This is just a very happy feeling and we’re super thrilled to win the title and just to be at the Olympics,” Mektic said after he and Pavic won gold medal.
“To have such a great result is just more than a dream come true and I’m so delighted to share this moment with Mate [Pavic]."