Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray to meet in men’s doubles semis

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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 (6) 6-2 success.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Joe Salisbury (@joesalisbury92)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.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alfie Hewett (@alfiehewett6)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.”

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