35-year-old Rajeev Ram from the USA and 27-year-old Joe Salisbury from Great Britain have denied Max Purcell and Luke Saville from becoming the first Australian pairing to claim an Australian Open title since 1997 when Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde lifted the winners trophy.
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Ram and Salisbury constantly had their Australian opponents on the back foot as they were fighting off break points.
The American-British duo had eight break points in the first set before they finally converted before sealing the first set in 42 minutes.
They quickly broke in the second set and raced to a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Purcell and Saville had only one win at this level before being awarded a wild card to compete.
The Australian’s success in doubles will help boost their singles ambitions as that is their main priority.
“It’s been great fun to share the court with a really good mate,” said Saville.
“And to win five matches at a Grand Slam, it’s amazing. It wasn’t the result we wanted today. We played well first round, to knock off the eighth seeds in the second round in an epic was amazing.
“Probably the semi [was a highlight], to come from a set down against the fourth seeds, and even our third round, on Show Court 3, on Australia Day, was a joke.
“Just the whole week. We even played pretty well in the singles. Maxie qualified, which was huge for him as well. I lost second round in a heartbreaker which was tough. But we can really build on this Aussie Open, honestly, it’s been a roller coaster, it’s been long few weeks for us, we’re gonna take a few days to digest the result. It really sets up our year, honest.”
Ram will be ranked at no. 5 and Salisbury at no. 4. Saville jumps to no. 38 and Purcell will be at no. 40.