South-African Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus were on the brink of a defeat but refused to give up and ended up making the final of the ATP Finals. Klaasen and Venus, who have won two titles this year, came from a set down to beat the year-end No.
1 doubles duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7 (4) 7-6 (10) 10-6. Cabal and Farah failed to serve out for the first set in the 12th game but kept their focus as they won four points in a row in the tie-break to overcome the 4-3 deficit and claim the opener.
The Colombians, coached by South African former professional Jeff Coetzee,were cruising towards winning another tie-break but Klaasen and Venus showed great mental strength as they recovered from a 4-0 deficit and saved two match points to force a decider. Cabal and Farah couldn’t recover from blowing a big lead in the second set tie-break as Klaasen and Venus cruised past the match tie-break to make their maiden team final at The O2 Arena.
Klaasen and Venus hit 10 aces and won 79 percent of their first serve points en route to beating the Colombians. France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will be taking on Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the second semifinal of the day.
The team are coached by Stephan De Kock. Fayaadh Dhansay is also in London as the teams physical conditioner/ Biochonetist.