|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 August-10 September|
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Briton Joe Salisbury and American companion Rajeev Ram got here from behind to safe a historic third US Open males’s doubles title in a row.
Salisbury and Ram trailed by a set however ultimately triumphed 2-6 6-3 6-4 over India’s Rohan Bopanna and Australian Matthew Ebden.
The pair have gained all three finals they’ve competed in at Flushing Meadows.
The feat has by no means been achieved within the Open Period with the final hat-trick of titles coming greater than 100 years in the past.
“This partnership is admittedly particular,” mentioned Salisbury on courtroom after the win.
“We simply know we will give it our all. We will struggle laborious, we will give it our greatest till the very finish and that is what we did at the moment.
“We did not play our greatest within the first set however we knew we have been going to maintain going and that is what occurred. I am simply actually pleased with the trouble that we put in at the moment,” he added.
“We do not take it with no consideration, we savour each second.”
Closely backed by a US crowd cheering on their dwelling participant Ram, the pair struggled in a disjointed opening set with Salisbury making three double faults and Ram dropping serve within the opening sport.
However, after a outing early within the second set to shut the roof due to the oppressive warmth in New York, they secured a vital break when Bopanna’s forehand flashed simply broad to degree the match and drive a decider.
Salisbury and Ram saved three break factors within the third set earlier than taking their opponents’ serve within the fifth sport because the duo lastly discovered their rhythm.
In a sporting second, Bopanna, a finalist in 2010, conceded some extent when an Ebden forehand brushed his elbow, which the umpire had failed to identify.
Ram praised his good pal for his actions, saying he had “by no means seen one thing like that”.
“That act of sportsmanship on the courtroom – we have been taking part in for the higher a part of 20-25 years on tour collectively – we’d have had no concept, so it simply reveals what sort of man he’s and the way deserving he’s at this level of his profession to be taking part in for these titles,” mentioned Ram.
At 43 years previous, Bopanna was the oldest man to compete in a Grand Slam males’s doubles remaining.
The victory marks an 18th successive one in New York for Ram and Salisbury and the pair appeared emotional of their chairs after Ram served out the match.
The pair, who’ve had a disappointing 2023 season, have been the primary to succeed in three successive US Open males’s doubles finals since Australia’s Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde did so between 1994 and 1996.
However it’s greater than a century since a males’s crew have gained three Slams on the spin at Flushing Meadows, with Maurice McLoughlin and Tom Bundy securing three consecutive wins between 1912-14.
The title is the fourth for the duo, who additionally gained the Australian Open in 2020, and provides Salisbury a sixth Grand Slam title throughout the lads’s and blended doubles, leaving him only one main title away from Jamie Murray’s tally.