Defending Champs Ram/Salisbury March On At US Open

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Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury’s US Open title defence showed no sign of slowing down on Sunday at Flushing Meadows, where the top seeds eased to a 6-1, 7-5 third-round victory against Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.

The American-British pairing is yet to drop a set this fortnight in New York, where it lifted its second Grand Slam crown a year ago. Ram and Salisbury converted five from eight break points against Italian duo Bolelli and Fognini to wrap a 74-minute triumph and reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

Ram and Salisbury, who are currently third in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings as they bid for a fourth consecutive appearance as a team at the Nitto ATP Finals, will meet Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski next. The unseeded Monegasque-Polish duo defeated Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-1, 6-4.


The other two seeded pairings in action on Sunday also enjoyed straight-sets victories. Roland Garros champions Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer saved two set points in the second-set tie-break before prevailing 6-4, 7-6(9) against Quentin Halys and Adrian Mannarino. The third seeds have US Open-winning experience in their ranks as they seek their second Grand Slam crown of 2022. Rojer lifted the title in 2017 alongside Horia Tecau.

Arevalo and Rojer’s quarter-final opponents will be sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 triumph against Robin Haase and Philipp Oswald. Mektic and Pavic fell in the first round on their tournament debut as a team in New York a year ago, but the Croatian duo is yet to drop a set this fortnight as it chases its second major title.


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