Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram have secured their spot in the doubles climax of the ATP Finals in Turin. The British-American pair's victory over Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin last night propelled them to the final, where they will have the opportunity to defend their title. Throughout the year-end championships, Salisbury and Ram have remained undefeated, showcasing their strong performance on the court.
This thrilling match served as the precursor to the highly anticipated rematch between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, determining the player who will face local hero Jannik Sinner in the singles final. Meanwhile, Salisbury and Ram faced off against the formidable Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in their quest for the championship crown.
Ram, who sustained a minor stomach muscle injury during the intense match, displayed resilience alongside Salisbury's excellent backhands. Despite a tough battle, the duo claimed the first tiebreak 7-6 after recovering from a 2-4 deficit. Although they were outplayed in the second set, they forged ahead in the deciding 'champions' tiebreak, ultimately securing a 10-7 victory.
In a display of homegrown talent, Jannik Sinner electrified the crowd by becoming the first Italian to reach the final of the ATP Finals. His hard-fought 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 win against Russian Daniil Medvedev marked another milestone in his increasingly impressive season. Sinner has exhibited his prowess by amassing an 8-0 record against top-10 opponents since his recovery from illness earlier in the year, including a victory over Djokovic in the round-robin stage of the tournament.
Under the guidance of coach Darren Cahill, Sinner's improved serve, clean ball striking, and impressive court coverage have elevated his game. Withstanding the powerful forehand strikes from Medvedev, he managed to avoid having his serve broken throughout the match. Although he fell short in the tiebreak, Sinner's dominant performance in the final set signifies his readiness to make a significant impact in the upcoming season.