Ram/Salisbury Continue Quest For Second Major Crown
Third seeds to face Koolhof/Mektic or Gille/Vliegen in semi-finals
The reigning Australian Open champions struck 30 winners and won 85 per cent of first-serve points (39/46) to improve to 9-0 in Grand Slam play this year. Ram and Salisbury are through to their fourth semi-final in five events this year, having also reached the last four at the Adelaide International in January and last week’s Western & Southern Open.
Koolhof and Mektic rallied from 4/6 down in the first-set tie-break to defeat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 7-6(6), 6-3 in one hour and 39 minutes. The eighth seeds improve to 5-1 since the resumption of the ATP Tour. At last week’s Western & Southern Open, Koolhof and Mektic fell at the quarter-final stage to eventual champions Pablo Carreno Busta and Alex de Minaur.
Ram and Salisbury lead Koolhof and Mektic 1-0 in their ATP Head2Head series. The American-British tandem defeated Koolhof and Mektic in straight sets en route to the Adelaide semi-finals in January.