Joe Salisbury defeats British rival Neal Skupski in US Open doubles final

Joe Salisbury defeats British rival Neal Skupski in the US Open doubles final in straight sets victory… just days before the duo reunite, this time on the same team, in the Davis Cup!

Joe Salisbury took his fifth Grand Slam title on Friday and boasted Davis Cup teammate Neal Skupski as he successfully defended his US Open trophy.

And into the bargain was the maintenance of Salisbury’s status as the world’s number one doubles player, threatened by the 32-year-old from Liverpool.

Accompanied by American partner Rajeev Ram, the Londoner defeated second-rate Skupski and Dutch teammate Wesley Koolhof 7-6 7-5 in one hour and 55 minutes.

Joe Salisbury (R) and playing partner Rajeev Ram have won the US Open men's doubles final

Joe Salisbury (R) and playing partner Rajeev Ram have won the US Open men’s doubles final

The first game for the men’s semi-finals was a close affair that was just overshadowed by the more established duo when Skupski broke his serve as a second tiebreaker loomed. Salisbury has now won three men’s doubles and two mixed at the Majors.

He and Skupski will be teammates next week in the quadruple group play-offs in Glasgow to determine two teams that will advance to the Davis Cup final at the end of November.

The on-court quartet will be reunited soon enough, with Ram playing in Scotland for the US and Koolhof representing the Netherlands in the round robin competition. Kazakhstan is the fourth team to attend.

The event kicks off Tuesday and will continue after lengthy discussions with the Lawn Tennis Association, which released the information amid the king’s speech and said they had made the decision after careful consideration.

Skupski and his Dutch partner have had an excellent season, even before the final they were the first pair to qualify for the year-end ATP Finals in Turin.

They have won six finals this year, more than any other pair, but lost to the same opponent last time, at Indian Wells in the early spring.

It was the Anglo-American duo that got their first chance when they forced a breakpoint against Skupski’s serve in the third game.

Furthermore, it was hopelessly close with few openings until the tiebreak, in which Skupski and Koolhof took a 4-1 lead.

That changed greatly when Koolhof dropped both runs on his serve, and from there they completed a run of six straight runs to make it 7-4. A measure of how close it had been was that there was only one point difference between them after the 64-minute opener.

Ram gave up two breakpoints in the third game of the next set. On the first, he made a mistake, but on the second, Skupski saw a backhand return winner in the middle to advance for the first time.

That work was immediately undone in the next game as the Liverpoolan, starting with an ace, dropped the next four points in the face of drawn winners from both Ram and Salisbury.

The champions could have driven home the advantage in the next game when they created another breakpoint, which the Dutchman saved with a volley.

Amid a sea of ​​defensive volleys, it stayed close to the breaking point at the end.

In the semifinals last night, Casper Ruud was on the program against Karen Khachanov, followed by Carlos Alcaraz against the American Frances Tiafoe.

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