Joe Salisbury advances to the third round of the US Open alongside Rajeev Ram

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Joe Salisbury advances to the third round of the US Open men’s doubles with Rajiv Ram after they beat Luke Saville and Aslan Karatsev… as British world No 1 continues defence of title with American partner

  • Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram advanced from the US Open second round 
  • The pair defeated Luke Saville and Aslan Karatsev 6-4 6-3 in New York
  • Salisbury and Ram are attempting to defend their men’s doubles crown 

Joe Salisbury has advanced to the third round of the US Open alongside American partner Rajeev Ram.

The pair comfortably defeated Australian Luke Saville and Russian Aslan Karatsev 6-4 6-3 in New York.

In the third-round Salisbury and Ram will face off against either the American pairing of Keegan Smith and Nicholas Munroe or the 2015 Australian Open champions Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.

Salisbury(left) and Ram advanced to the third round of the US Open men’s doubles tournament

The pair defeated Federico Coria and Cristian Rodriguez in the first round on Thursday

The pair defeated Federico Coria and Cristian Rodriguez in the first round on Thursday

The top seeds began the defence of their title with a straight-sets victory over Argentine Federico Coria and Colombian Cristian Rodriguez on Thursday. 

Salisbury is a four-time Grand Slam champion, and he and Ram are attempting to defend the US Open Men’s Doubles crown that they earned defeating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares last year.

The 30-year-old has already enjoyed a successful year, becoming just the second Briton ever to top the ATP doubles rankings when he surpassed Mate Pavic in April.

Salisbury and Ram crashed out of Wimbledon in July with a defeat to eventual winners Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell

Salisbury and Ram crashed out of Wimbledon in July with a defeat to eventual winners Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell

Salisbury and Ram will use the US Open as an opportunity to rebound after coming close to adding another major gong to their impressive resume at Wimbledon in July.

After a strong start to the competition, the pair were ultimately defeated in the semi-finals at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club by eventual winners Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of New Zealand.

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