Salisbury/Ram Cruise Into Roland Garros Third Round

Third seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram lost just nine of their service points to power past Australians Alex de Minaur and Matt Reid 6-3, 6-1 in just 51 minutes for a place in the Roland Garros third round.

Salisbury and Ram, who have already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the second straight year, are now 16-6 on the season, which includes their first Grand Slam team title at the Australian Open (d. Purcell/Saville) in January. Since the resumption of the ATP Tour in August, they have reached two semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open (l. to Murray/Skupski) and the US Open (l. to Koolhof/Mektic).

They will now face French No. 14 seeds Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin, who defeated Marton Fucsovics and Cameron Norrie 7-6(2), 6-2 in 65 minutes.

Top-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, the 2017 and 2019 semi-finalists in Paris, set up a clash against No. 15 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin after a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Robert Lindstedt and Jordan Thompson in 75 minutes.

Reigning US Open champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares, the seventh seeds, overcame Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes. They now challenge 2015 titlists and No. 12 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who defeated Marcelo Arevalo and Jonny O’Mara 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes.

There were also wins for fifth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victors over Aljaz Bedene and Dennis Novak in one hour and 41 minutes, and ninth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic, who were 7-6(2), 6-3 winners over Leonardo Mayer and Guido Pella in one hour and 32 minutes.

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