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09.09.2021 - 22:18 Uhr

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury won a final-set tie-break in their third-round match before saving four match points in a two-hour, 58-minute quarter-final marathon at the US Open. The American-British duo bounced back well on Thursday when they defeated Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 6-4 to reach the final at Flushing Meadows.“I don't know if it frees us up, but certainly you feel match-tough,” Ram said. “You feel like you're ready to handle whatever is going to come your way.”The fourth seeds, who lifted the trophy in Toronto last month and emerged victorious at the 2020 Australian Open, did not face a break point and converted their only opportunity to triumph after one hour and 18 minutes.“Obviously excited to come through,” Salisbury said. “We knew it was going to be a tough match. Very dangerous team. Both have got big games, so if they play well, then it can kind of take it out of your hands. Just happy how we stayed focussed on what we do well.”Ram and Salisbury have made the semi-finals in five of the past seven majors. This will be their third Grand Slam championship match as a team.“It helps a lot,” Ram said of their experience deep in majors. “We are feeling like in these positions we have been there before, and now it's going to be our third final together. I think experience never hurts when you feel like you can draw on something that's happened before.”They will next play seventh seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who battled past eighth seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. This is Soares’ first tournament since Wimbledon, as the Brazilian underwent surgery to remove his appendix upon arriving at the Tokyo Olympics.Murray and Soares lifted major trophies together at the Australian Open and US Open in 2016. Soares was also victorious at Flushing Meadows last year alongside Mate Pavic.This is the first time in the Open Era that two Britons will meet in a major men's doubles final. Ram and Salisbury beat Murray and Soares in their only previous ATP Head2Head meeting earlier this year in the Australian Open semi-finals.Did You Know?Salisbury is trying to become the first man to win men's doubles and mixed doubles titles in the same year at the US Open since 2010, when Bob Bryan accomplished the feat.

03.09.2021 - 21:19 Uhr

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury have become the second doubles team to qualify for the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 14-21 November at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.The American-British duo booked their spots at the season finale on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 win against John Millman and Thiago Monteiro in the second round of the US Open.Ram and Salisbury are now 32-13 on the season. Their lone title of the season came at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, an ATP Masters 1000 event that was held in Toronto. They also advanced to the Australian Open final and the Wimbledon semi-finals.This will be Ram and Salisbury's third consecutive appearance in the Nitto ATP Finals. They own a 3-3 record at the event and reached the semi-finals last year.The first team to qualify for the season finale was Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who have claimed nine tour-level trophies in 2021.

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26.09.2021 - 05:18 Uhr

Roger Federer, who is recovering from August right knee surgery, made a late decision to attend this year’s Laver Cup. The Swiss legend is happy that he did.“The reception I’ve received, everybody is so upbeat that I’m here. They wish me all the best and they don’t even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend,” Federer said in an interview for the event with former World No. 1 Jim Courier. “I’ve seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it’s been wonderful. I’m really happy I made the trip.”"I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."A must-watch @rogerfederer update. #LaverCup— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 26, 2021The 20-time major champion admitted that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was “really unhappy” with his performance in reaching the quarter-finals, Federer opted to go through with it.“I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step,” Federer said. “I’ve got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I’ve got to be back on the tennis court. But it’s going to take me a few more months and then we’ll see how things are at some point next year. “I’ve got to take my time. I don’t want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. “I took the time and, I don’t know, I’m just really in a good place. I’m really happy.”Federer has received several thunderous ovations inside Boston’s TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former World No. 1 played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup.“I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players,” Federer said. “That’s what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that’s going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year.”