Rajeev Ram / Joe Salisbury dig deep for US Open quarterfinal triumph | TBEN | Tennis

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Defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury overcame fierce opposition from Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski on Tuesday to take a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4 quarterfinal victory and continue their pursuit of back-to-back titles. retained at the US Open in New York.

The U.S.-British couple with the highest placed positions dropped four match points at 5-4 in the second set, while Nys and Zielinski rallied to take the tiebreaker in the second set and force a decider at Louis Armstrong Stadium . Ram and Salisbury, who are chasing their third Grand Slam crown at Flushing Meadows this two weeks, responded by sealing a decisive break in the opening game of the third set and capping off a two-hour, 34-minute triumph. .

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Ram and Salisbury, who have won ATP Masters 1000 trophies this season in Cincinnati and Monte Carlo, will face 11th seed Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara or 2019 champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in New York the following year.

Second seed Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski enjoyed a smoother passage to the semi-finals, passing Marcelo Demoliner and Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-1 in just 63 minutes.

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Koolhof and Skupski, who are currently #2 and #1 respectively in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Live Rankings, turned all four breakpoint chances they created into a clinical quarterfinal. Dutchman Koolhof and Briton Skupski will now prepare as a team for their first Grand Slam semi-final, where opponents will be third seed Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer or sixth seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

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