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Joe Salisbury (foreground), with Rajeev Ram at the net, strikes a forehand back to Matwe Middelkoop and Robin Haase on Friday in Rotterdam.

Ram & Salisbury Edge Dutch Wild Cards In Rotterdam

2015 titlists Rojer & Tecau also advance

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury saved a set point in the first set on Friday en route to a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Dutch wild cards Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop in 73 minutes at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Ram and Salisbury, runners up at the Brisbane International (l. to Daniell/Koolhof) in January, saved one set point on a deciding point at 5-6, before putting together a strong performance in the tie-break.

They will next play Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, the 2015 titlists, who won 86 per cent of their first-service points to defeat Wesley Koolhof and Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-2 in 62 minutes. Rojer and Tecau have an 18-5 team record in tour-level finals.

The Argentina Open saw top seeds and local favourites Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos reach the final with a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win over Marco Cecchinato and Dusan Lajovic in just 43 minutes. Gonzalez and Zeballlos, runners-up last week in Cordoba (l. to Jebavy/Molteni), will either play Spaniards Jaume Munar and Albert Ramos-Vinolas or the high-profile duo of Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem.

At the New York Open, French pair Adrian Mannarino and Hugo Nys moved into the semi-finals with a hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Americans Tennys Sandgren and Jackson Withrow. Mannarino and Nys saved a set point at 5-6 in the first-set tie-break. Next up for them is Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.