No. 1 seed Rajiv Ram and Joe Salisbury won this year’s Monte Carlo Masters doubles title after defeating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the final. Ram and Salisbury, who reached the Monte Carlo semi-finals on their debut a year ago, defeated sixth seed Cabal and Farah 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in the Monte Carlo final.
Ram and Salisbury pressed early on Cabal and Farah, but the Colombian duo saved consecutive break points in the opener to avoid a fall with an early break. However, Ram and Salisbury continued to put pressure on Cabal and Farah and it paid off as they got their first match break in Game 7.
Cabal and Farah got their first break point in Game Eight, but failed to turn around when serving Ram and Salisbury in the tenth game opener. After losing the first set, Cabal and Farah rallied in the second as they took their first break in the eighth game and served for the third set in the next game.
Ram and Salisbury played great when it mattered most
Cabal and Farah earned consecutive points to reduce the tiebreak delay in the match to 6-5 and then lost the next three points as Ram and Salisbury comfortably led 9-5.
Ram and Salisbury missed the first two points of the match, but took advantage of the third to win in three sets. Now everything is ready for the Monte Carlo singles final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Tsitsipas seeks to defend his title in Monte Carlo while Davidovich Fokina seeks to win his first Masters title. “It’s going to take some time,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s going really well, with a good rhythm.
I’ve played against him before, he’s a good opponent, I’ve had big fights against him and I’ll try to be as prepared as possible. I know it’s better than it was before and I’ll keep that in mind to play the best tennis possible. Image credit: Getty Images
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