The top men’s duo solidifies its spot in the game, while the women show their national pride. All this and more in this week’s Doubles Take.
A FEAT ON CLAY
After months of chasing down the top spot in the men’s rankings, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury finally achieved that goal before last week’s first Masters 1000 event of the year on clay in Monte Carlo.
The American-English duo started off the tournament strong, winning their first two matches in straight sets. In the semifinals, however, they were pushed to the brink of defeat before rallying against the veterans Jamie Murray and Rohan Bopanna. Reaching their first final of the year, Ram and Salisbury would face Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who knocked off Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, the former number-one-ranked duo, in the quarters. Ram and Salisbury claimed the opening set before “Colombian Power” rallied to take it to a match tiebreak. In the end, though, it was the top seeds who prevailed as they won their first title together on clay to cap off a week full of noteworthy accomplishments.