Not long ago on Ashe, Britain’s Joe Salisbury won the men’s doubles title alongside American Rajeev Ram. The fourth-seeded pair rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 over Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Suares in the first major doubles final of the professional era to feature British men on either side of the net.
The match was placed in the day session ahead of the first men’s singles semi-final between Auger-Aliassime and Medvedev, but tournament organisers permitted ticket-holders for the upper bowl to fill the courtside seats on Ashe, creating a livelier atmosphere than men’s doubles finals have seen in previous years.
Salisbury also plays his mixed doubles semi-final later today with the American Desirae Krawczyk. He is attempting to become the first man to win US Open men’s and mixed doubles titles in the same year since Bob Bryan in 2010.
“I think before we played, everyone was just feeling like it was great that there were two Brits in the final,” Salisbury said in his post-match presser moments ago. “Obviously there was going to be a British winner whatever happened.
“If we hadn’t won that, it had been them, I would be happy it was two great guys. I would have been really happy for them. Obviously be great, yeah, for British tennis to have a winner.”