Ram, Salisbury clinch men’s doubles title in Melbourne

Ram, Salisbury clinch men’s doubles title in Melbourne

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Doubles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – February 2, 2020 Rajeev Ram of the U.S. and Britain’s Joe Salisbury celebrate with the trophy after winning the final against Australia’s Max Purcell and Luke Saville REUTERS/Edgar Su

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury of Britain tamed the local wild card pairing of Max Purcell and Luke Saville in straight sets and won the Australian Open men’s doubles final on Sunday.

The hometown pair had a wonderful run at Melbourne Park, but it came to a screeching halt against the 11th seeds, who strolled to a 6-4 6-2 victory in 70 minutes on a balmy afternoon at the Rod Laver Arena.

Such was the domination of Salisbury and Ram, who won the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Czech Barbora Krejcikova last year, that they did not face a single break point in the match.

The duo converted one of their 10 break point chances in the opening set and marched to a one-sided victory with two more breaks in the second.


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