Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury edged nearer to the semi-finals on the Nitto ATP Finals Tuesday once they downed Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 7-5, 6-4 to enhance to 2-0 in Purple Group motion.
The second seeds defeated Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos of their opening match and backed up that win with a hard-fought victory in opposition to the British-Finnish pair.
In an entertaining conflict, each groups produced moments of brilliance all through the 73-minute conflict. Nonetheless, it was Ram and Salisbury who delivered the important thing blows when it mattered. They have been rewarded for his or her aggressive returning within the eleventh recreation of the primary set once they broke for 6-5, earlier than they gained 88 per cent (15/17) of their first-service factors within the second set to triumph.
“Actually completely happy to get the win,” Salisbury mentioned. “They seem to be a robust group, we have misplaced to them twice this yr. We’re proud of every thing we did on the market. They seem to be a robust serving group, did not have many probabilities however we caught in there and took the possibilities we had. We have been good on function properly.”
“The factor is, they’ve simply gotten higher and higher over the yr,” Ram mentioned. “We knew we have been going to be up in opposition to it and we needed to deliver our greatest stage.”
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Ram and Salisbury will ebook their place within the semi-finals in the event that they defeat Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer of their remaining round-robin match. American Ram, 38, has now earned 400 tour-level doubles wins.
“It is a reasonably large effort, huge milestone,” Salisbury mentioned when requested about Ram’s four-hundredth win. “Congratulations. He is higher than ever, even with the age.”
The American-British tandem is aiming to go one step additional on the prestigious year-end occasion this week after reaching the championship match in Turin final yr. Ram and Salisbury have loved one other spectacular season in 2022, profitable ATP Masters 1000 crowns in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati, whereas additionally they triumphed on the US Open.
Glasspool and Heliovaara now maintain a 1-1 report within the Purple Group. They are going to play Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos of their remaining round-robin match.