The top-ranked duo of the 2021 ATP Finals met in the semi-finals in Turin. The match was a great show for the duo, and Rajiv Ram and Joe Salisbury will fight for the title.

Łukasz Iwanek

Joe Salisbury

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It’s time for the semi-finals of the Champions Tournament in Turin. In doubles, Rajiv Ram and Joe Salisbury are unbeaten in the event against Nikola Mektic and Matti Pavic, who both suffered a single defeat on the set. These two are the highest ranked duo. The Americans and British qualified for the finals by defeating the Croats 4:6, 7:6 (3), 10-4 after a beautiful fight.

There was only one break in the first set, which the Croats scored 2-1 after a double fault for Salisbury. After blocking the break point, they exited at 3:1 and didn’t give up the advantage. There was a lot of great play on the net, and there were some really effective plays from deep in the field. Tennis players often switched positions and gave a party from the beautiful doubles match. Pavic finished the first set with a header.

Heavy blows were exchanged in the second match. Lots of interesting things happened in every area of ​​the stadium. There was no downtime in any of the games. At the end of the tiebreak, Ram and Salisbury showed the power of their comeback. From 3-3 they scored four points in a row.

Super Tie Break was a showcase for the return of Ram and Salisbury and his air identity. Mektic and Pavic were only up once, 1-0. The American and British scored six points in a row and kept the situation under control. At 9-2, they had a streak of match balls. They used a third of them. Salisbury did very well and Ram capped the business with a shot.

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This was the sixth engagement between these pairs in 2021. The balance is now 4-2 for Mektic and Pavic. The Croats took the lead in Miami, Rome, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Ram and Salisbury won in Toronto. The Americans and the British had a wonderful summer. They won in Canada and the US Open.

Mektic and Pavic completely dominated the Olympics. They won championships in Antalya, Melbourne (Murray River Open), Rotterdam, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. They returned from Tokyo with gold medals. Later they weakened and, starting in August, they scored only one final (Toronto).

Ram reached the Champions League final for the second time (2016 with Raven Klassen). Last season, together with Salisbury, they qualified for the semi-finals. In the final on Sunday, the American and British competitors will be Spain’s Marcel Granollers, Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos or France’s Pierre-Huge Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

ATP Finals, Turin (Italy)
Tour Finals, Indoor Hard Court, $7,250 Million Prize Pool
Saturday 20 November

Double the semi-finals:

Rajiv Ram (USA, 2) / Joe Salisbury (UK, 2) vs. Nikola Micic (Croatia, 1) / Mate Pavic (Croatia, 1) 4:6, 7:6 (3), 10-4

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