Rajiv Ram and Joe Salisbury won their second match in the 2021 ATP Finals. On Wednesday, after a spectacular spectacle, the American-British duo defended two games and beat France’s Pierre-Hug Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
PAP / EPA / ALESSANDRO DI MARCO / Pictured: Rajiv Ram (left) and Joe Salisbury
Rajiv Ram, Joe Salisbury, Pierre Hughes Herbert and Nicholas Mahut win the first round of the ATP Finals. By joining Wednesday’s match, both duos got a chance to secure their promotion to the semi-finals. In the end, the American and Briton won 6:7 (7), 6:0, 13-11, but – with a set loss – they were not promoted to the semi-finals.
There were breakouts in the first set, and that was the tiebreak in which Roland Garros champion Herbert and Mahut defended two of the group’s icons and won 9-7. In the second match, it was Ram and Salisbury, the winners of the US Open, who dominated the events of the field and did not concede to the French even in the match.
The level of excitement and the quality of the game reached the highest level in the decisive tie-breaker. In it, Ram and Salisbury were leading 7-4, but wasted the advantage. However, they fought hard, as a result of which they defended two identical balls and made them 10-10. Then they won the match themselves, but the Briton made a double serve fault.
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The last word, however, belongs to Ram and Salisbury. The American duo scored 12-11 to give it another match in which Ram, 37, showed off an impressive comeback.
The meeting lasted 100 minutes. Meanwhile, Ram and Salisbury sent six aces (Herbert and Mahut ten), not breaking once, and using three of the seven break points for a total of 75 points, 11 more than the French.
After the queue, the situation in the red group became very interesting. They are ahead of Ram and Salisbury (2-0) and in the last series of matches they will face Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah (1-1). Herbert and Mahut (1-1) will finish with Jimmy Murray and Bruno Soares (0-2).
ATP Finals, Turin (Italy)
Tour Finals, Indoor Hard Court, $7.250 Million Prize Pool
Wednesday 17 November
Rajiv Ram (USA, 2) / Joe Salisbury (UK, 2) – Pierre-Hugh Herbert (France, 3) / Nicolas Mahut (France, 3) 6:7 (7), 6-0, 13-11
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