Raven and Rajeev power into ATP World Tour Finals

Two first-year pairings will contest the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles final Sunday after Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram eclipsed newly minted World No. 1 team Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Klaasen, of South African, and Ram, of the United States, will play Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australia’s John Peers, who earlier in the day upset four-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan.
Klaasen and Ram needed exactly one hour to claim a 6-1, 6-4 win over Murray and Soares, who yesterday learned they would finish 2016 at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
After dropping just 12 points in the first set, Klaasen and Ram faced only one scare in the second set when they saw Murray/Soares recover from 1-3 to level the set at 3-all. But Klaasen and Ram immediately broke back and soon closed out the match.
Klaasen said that he and Ram were very happy with the way they played on Saturday. “This was probably our best performance of the season especially in front of a pro Jaimie Murray crowd, the win was really satisfying.”
“In the final on Sunday Rajeev and I will have to use the momentum we gathered over the last couple of matches to drive home what we have at the moment on court which is some good chemistry and execution. We look forward to one more good performance and hopefully we can lift the trophy come Sunday” added Klaasen.
Rajeev Ram said that he and Klaasen felt they were at their best on court against Murray and Soares. “We played incredibly sharp out there Saturday night from the word go against a team recently crowned world number 1 pair. Our win Friday against Lopez/Lopez really helped us. Against the Spaniards we had to hit a lot of balls and we came out today with the same momentum and sharpness.”
Ram said that the final against Kontinen/Peers would be tough. “Kontinen and Peers are probably the hottest team on tour since the US Open and beat us earlier this week so we look forward to taking to court the same level of enerygy and execution and getting some revenge on Sunday.”
The final will be played at 15h30 (London time) 17h30 (SA Time) and will be shown live on SuperSport
Picture credit : ATP World Tour

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