Joe Salisbury celebrated a Battle of Britain victory over countryman Jamie Murray to advance to the men’s doubles final at the Australian Open.
Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram defeated Murray and Brazil‘s Bruno Soares 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) at Rod Laver Arena.
Salisbury and Ram have guaranteed themselves at least £189,222 in prize money after reaching the final. However, they will almost double that if they win the tournament – splitting a total pot of £335,156 if they lift the trophy.
Britain’s Joe Salisbury has reached a second-straight Australian Open men’s doubles final
He and his partner Rajeev Ram – the defending champions – won their semi-final in straight sets
Salisbury’s fellow Brit Jamie Murray (right) and his partner Bruno Soares (left) lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
Murray and Soares congratulate Salisbury and Ram after their victory on the Rod Laver Arena
Joe Salisbury is enjoying his time at the Australian Open and looks set to go home with a significantly-boosted bank balance having reached the latter stages of two competitions.
His guaranteed prize money is as follows:
Mixed doubles semi-final: £9,893.50 (50 per cent of £19,787 winnings)
Men’s doubles final: £94,611 (50 per cent of £189,222)
Potential winnings if Salisbury and Ram lift trophy: £335,156 (£167,578 each)
OVERALL GUARANTEED PRIZE MONEY FOR SALISBURY: £104,504.50
POTENTIAL PRIZE MONEY FOR SALISBURY: £177,471.50
The fifth-seeded Salisbury and Ram will play ninth-seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Filip Polasek of Slovakia in Sunday’s final, after that pair beat Croatian second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 4-6 6-4 6-3.
Salisbury and Ram needed an hour and 45 minutes to overcome sixth seeds Murray and Soares.
The trans-Atlantic pairing dominated on their first serve, winning 81 per cent of first serve points compared to just 64 per cent for Murray and Soares, and converted two of three break points whereas their opponents broke only once from two opportunities.
Salisbury and Ram are the defending champions – having won the title in 2020 in straight sets against wildcards Australian duo Max Purcell and Luke Saville.
However, it wasn’t to be for Salisbury just hours later in the mixed doubles semi-finals as he and his American partner Desirae Krawczyk lost in three sets to Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden.
That defeat means the pair earn £19,787, missing out on a potential pay-day of £65,956 had they won the mixed doubles tournament.
After losing the first set 7-5, Salisbury and Krawczyk battled back to win the second by the same scoreline to produce a champions tie-break. However, they were unable to carry the momentum into this set as they lost 10-8 to the Australian wildcard duo.
Stosur and Ebden will face Ram and his partner Barbora Krejcikova in the showpiece. Krejcikova is the defending champion having won last year’s title with Nikola Mektic.
Salisbury and his partner Ram are the defending champions after taking the 2020 title
It wasn’t to be in the mixed doubles semi-final though for Salisbury as he lost with partner Desirae Krawczyk (centre left) to Samantha Stosur (left) and Matthew Ebden not long after