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Briton Salisbury and Ram reach second round in doubles

Rajeev Ram (left) and Joe Salisbury reached the semifinals of the men's doubles at Wimbledon two years ago [Getty Images]

The British-American pair Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram easily advanced to the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon with a convincing win in straight sets.

The third-seeded players beat 11th-ranked Norwegian Casper Ruud and American William Blumberg 7-5 and 6-4.

Salisbury and Ram have won four Grand Slams together – including the last three US Open titles – but have never made it past the semi-finals of the men's doubles at SW19.

On the fourth day, there will be eleven doubles matches involving British players, including the duel between wildcard players Andy and Jamie Murray and Australians Rinky Hijikata and John Peers, which will be the last to be played on Centre Court.

Andy Murray, 37, will play in the championships for the last time before retiring later this year.

In the men’s competition, defending champions Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof are not paired together this year.

Instead, Briton Skupski and Michael Venus from New Zealand will face Austrians Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler, who will compete later on court five.

The Dutch Koolhof is partnered with Croatian Nikola Mektic and will face the Argentinian duo Mariano Navone and Federico Coria.

In the women's singles, Briton Olivia Nicholls and Slovakian Tereza Mihalikova defeated the sixth-seeded Brazilian-Dutch duo Demi Schuurs and Luisa Stefani 6-4, 6-0.

But the British Tara Moore and Sarah Beth Grey lost to the number three seeds Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez from America and Australia respectively with 6:1 and 6:2.