Ram/Salisbury Power Into Montreal SFs
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury continued their top form on Friday at the Coupe Rogers, prevailing in a tight 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7 encounter with Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin to reach the semi-finals in Montreal. For the first time since 1969, all four semi-final teams at this event are unseeded.
Ram/Salisbury won 83 per cent of their first-serve points en route to advancing in one hour and 49 minutes. They’ll play Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos for a place in Sunday’s final.
Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof continued their dream run by advancing in a wild 6-7(8), 7-6(5), 10-5 clash with seventh seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. A victory would have given the Bryan brothers 1,100 tour-level doubles wins. Bob achieved that feat individually after their second-round match on Thursday, joining Mike as the only players to reach that milestone in doubles.
Haase/Koolhof couldn’t take advantage of three set points in the first-set tie-break, but regrouped strongly by taking the last five points of the Match Tie-break. The Dutch pair upset top seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the opening round.
Next up for Haase/Koolhof are Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov, who received a walkover against Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka.