London: South-African Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus of New Zealand, coached by Cape Town based Stephan De Kock have collected their second win at the Nitto ATP Finals. Klaasen and Venus needed just two sets to beat 2017 Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-4.
Klaasen and Venus following their win on Tuesday have won their group and became the first doubles team to reach the semi-finals.
The break earned in the fourth game of the first set was enough for Klaasen and Venus to win the first set as they didn’t face a single break in the opener. No breaks of serve in the second set were seen until the ninth game, when Klaasen and Venus won the deciding point to take a 5-4 lead.
Kubot and Melo saved two consecutive match points in the following game to force a deciding point and earn their first break point of the match. However, blowing the first two match points didn’t affect Klaasen and Venus, who kept calm and converted their third match point to get the job done in two sets.
Klaasen and Venus won 86 percent of their serve points in an hour and 10 minutes of play. They now sit in top of Group Jonas Bjorkman as they have won their first two matches in the group.
”We’re really excited about how we played,” Klaasen said. “Mikey carried me out there today. We’re just happy to be through.”
”Everything seems to be going great this week. We just keep trying to work hard and persevere together,” Venus said. “We’re just happy to be playing this well at the end of the year and especially in London. It’s such a special event… The atmosphere makes it awesome to play out here.”