Melbourne, Feb 2: The American-British pair of Rajeev Ram-Joe Salisbury clinched their first Grand Slam men’s doubles title as they won the Australian Open, here on Sunday.
Britain's Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram won the title after beating Aussie wildcards Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2 in the final on the Rod Laver Arena. ''I don’t think I thought when I asked you to play just over a year ago that we’d be standing here now, but it’s been an honour to play with you. It’s been so much fun to have you as my partner and as my friend. Thank you so much for being the best partner I could get, '' Salisbury said to Ram during the on-court trophy ceremony. The duo of Ram-Salisbury dropped just one set this fortnight en route to being the last team standing in Melbourne. Ram, 35, was rewarded for his perseverance after 16 years on Tour.
Making his 58th Grand Slam doubles appearance, he broke the Open Era record for most attempts before winning a major men's doubles championship. Ram won the mixed doubles title at this event last year ''To actually finally get one is great,'' said Ram, who switched to playing doubles full-time in 2017. ''But it doesn't feel like it's been the same level of intensity as it has been last three or four years.'' Salisbury, who was ranked outside the world's top 100 two years ago, will now rise to number four. (UNI)