Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray to meet in Australian Open men’s doubles semis
A British player will take part in the Australian Open men’s doubles final after Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray set up a semi-final clash against each other on Wednesday.
Defending champions Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram were first in action on the Margaret Court Arena with Philipp Oswald and Marcus Daniell their opponents.
A tight first set went to a tie break where the 2020 champions grabbed the crucial initiative.
The second set was more straight forward and Salisbury and Ram were able to break their quarter-final opponents twice to seal a 7-6 (7-6), 6-2 success.
Joining them in the last four are Murray and his partner Bruno Soares after they came through in straight sets against Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop.
The sixth seeds sealed a 6-3, 6-4 victory with a strong performance on serve crucial to more joy for the highly regarded doubles pair.
With their record now at 8-0 for the season, after they reunited for 2021, the British-Brazilian partnership will hope to replicate their success from five years ago when they claimed Australian Open glory.
Alfie Hewett was denied a second title in Melbourne after he lost a thrilling men’s wheelchair singles final to Joachim Gerard by a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 scoreline.
The 23-year-old teamed up with Scotland’s Gordon Reid on Tuesday to secure a British record-equalling 10th Grand Slam doubles title as a team.
A day later and Hewett was out to win the Australian Open for the first time but looked set for a whitewash when he trailed 0-4 in the second set after he lost the opener 6-0. While an admirable reply was produced, he lost out in the decider to finish as runner-up.
“I am really proud of not tanking at six love, four love down so I am proud of myself for that comeback and for making it a final,” the four-time Grand Slam winner said in an emotional on-court interview.
“It’s been a long five weeks and ready to go home now. Thanks everyone.”
John McEnroe and Tim Henman in feisty exchange over Wimbledon’s Russia ban
Former world No 1 John McEnroe challenged…
Battling Emma Raducanu finds words to sum up her first French Open win
Emma Raducanu narrowly avoided a taste of her own medicine after coming from a set down.
Menacing Novak Djokovic sends out powerful warning at French Open
Djokovic beat Japan’s Nishioka 6-3 6-1 6-0 in a one-sided first night match of the tournament.
Rafael Nadal claims 299th Grand Slam match win at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal dominated his French Open first round match against Jordan Thompson.
John McEnroe reveals how Iga Swiatek and Serena Williams are alike
Will Iga Swiatek become the sixth women to claim ten or more Grand Slams in the open era?
Naomi Osaka considers skipping pointless Wimbledon
The former world number one says she is ‘leaning more towards not playing’.
French Open: Iga Swiatek extends streak to 29, Naomi Osaka bows out
World No 1 Iga Swiatek is looking forward to some sightseeing after dispatching Lesia Tsurenko in short order.
Goran Ivanisevic insists Novak Djokovic isn’t Roland Garros favourite
Goran Ivanisevic says as long as Rafael Nadal is in the French Open field there can be no other favourite.
French Open: Dominic Thiem feels ‘pretty far away from a win’ after exit
The former world number three, a finalist at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, bowed out in straight sets.
Carlos Alcaraz proves French Open title credentials with dominant first-round victory
Carlos Alcaraz powers into the second round at Roland Garros.