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ATP Finals 2020: Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram beaten in semi-finals

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Saturday, 21 November 2020 12:39

Briton Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram agonisingly missed out on the doubles final of the ATP Finals and the world number one ranking.

The pair led by a set and a break, and were 7-1 up in the match tie-break, but lost 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 11-9 to Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Jurgen Melzer.

Australian Open champions Salisbury and Ram also had a match point in the tie-break but were denied.

Salisbury, 28, was aiming to become the event's first British doubles finalist.

Victory would have meant ending the year as the top pairing after a season featuring their maiden Grand Slam title together as well as a US Open semi-final and French Open quarter-final.

Having won a tight first set, Salisbury and Ram broke in the first game of the second and were comfortable.

But Ram missed a simple volley on serve which would have given them a 3-1 lead and their opponents won five games in a row en route to winning the set.

The British-American pair dominated the early exchanges of the tie-break but France's Roger-Vasselin and Austrian Melzer produced a remarkable comeback, sealing victory on their first match point when Melzer hit a winner between Ram and Salisbury at the net.

They will play Dutchman Wesley Koolhof and Croatia's Nikola Mektic in Sunday's final (15:30 GMT).

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