Joe Salisbury misses out on becoming the first British finalist in the men’s doubles at SW19 since Jamie Murray after he and Rajeev Ram lose out to top seeds… but his mixed doubles hopes are alive with fellow Brit Harriet Dart
- Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram were unable to make the Wimbledon doubles final
- The pair lost out in a close contest to top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic
- Salisbury was looking to become the first British finalist since Murray in 2015
- British Salisbury and American Ram were beaten 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-7 (2) 7-6 (5)
Britain’s Joe Salisbury failed in his bid for a first Wimbledon final after he and partner Rajeev Ram were beaten in the doubles semi-finals.
Salisbury and American Ram had reached the last four without losing a set. But then they ran into the No 1 seeds, Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic of Croatia.
In a tight battle that saw three tie-breaks across four sets, Pavic and Mektic won 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 after nearly three and half hours.
Salisbury missed out on becoming first British finalist in the men’s doubles since Jamie Murray
They will now face fourth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the final.
For Salisbury, though, only heartache. The 29-year-old, who won a maiden Grand Slam at the 2020 Australian Open, had been hoping to become the first British man to reach the Wimbledon doubles final since Jamie Murray back in 2015.
Salisbury and Ram had ample chances to seize control of the match but Mektic and Pavic held their nerve brilliantly, saving 10 of 11 break points.
The only time they lost a service game came early in the fourth set. Having lost the opening two sets, Salisbury and Ram worked their way back into the contest with an impressive third-set tie-break.
Salisbury and Rajeev Ram were unable to make the Wimbledon doubles final as they lost 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-7 (2) 7-6 (5) to top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic
Nevertheless, Salisbury bounced back from his men’s doubles disappointment by making the semi-finals of the mixed doubles alongside Harriet Dart (above)
They then broke in game three of the fourth set, only for Mektic and Pavic to bite back and seal the win thanks to another tie-break.
Salisbury’s hopes now rest on the mixed doubles, where he and compatriot Harriet Dart are into the semi-finals after a two-hour tussle with Jeremy Chardy and Britain’s Naomi Broady. Chardy and Broady took the first set 6-4 before Salisbury and Dart levelled. Then, in the decider, the Brits broke at 4-3 after six deuces.
Chardy and Broady fought back only for Dart and Salisbury to break again to secure a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory. Britain’s Neal Skupski is in the other semi after he and Desirae Krawczyk overcame 14th seeds Jean-Julien Rojer (Holland) and Andreja Klepac (Slovenia) in straight sets.