10.11.2019 - 15:40 Uhr
Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus made a winning start to Group Jonas Bjorkman play on Sunday, beating Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 6-4 at the Nitto ATP Finals.Making their second straight appearance at The O2, the fifth seeds saved all four break points they faced to claim victory in 64 minutes. Klaasen and Venus improve to 33-17 this year, highlighted by ATP 500 title runs in Halle and Washington, D.C.After saving two break points with quick net reactions in the opening game of the match, Klaasen and Venus soon claimed an early break to establish a 3-1 lead. Both men fired return winners to earn four break points, before Klaasen secured the break with a backhand volley after a strong forehand return from Venus. The fifth seeds closed out the set after 30 minutes, with Venus finding his best level on serve from 30/40.With the opening six games of the second set dominated by serve, Klaasen and Venus returned with creativity and closed the net well in the seventh game. The Halle and Washington champions moved into a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Salisbury, before closing out the win as Ram fired a forehand into the net.In the evening session, fellow Group Jonas Bjorkman teams Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek will attempt to join Klaasen and Venus with a Day 1 victory. Dodig and Polasek lead the 2017 finalists 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with each of their three previous encounters taking place this year.[WATCH LIVE 1]



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19.11.2020 - 22:15 Uhr

Second seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury claimed a thrilling victory in the longest doubles match of the week to see off Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies and seal their first Nitto ATP Finals semi-final berth as a team.Ram and Salisbury had come up just short in their team debut last year after amassing a 1-2 record in the round-robin stage. They were determined to improve in 2020 as they started their campaign in London with a victory over former finalists Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, but things got complicated as they lost in straight sets to US Open finalists Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic.The result was a winner-moves-on shootout against Krawietz and Mies to determine the second semi-finalists out of Group Mike Bryan. Ram and Salisbury stayed solid as they rallied to save two set points to take the opening set, and recovered emphatically after dropping the second to pull away in the Match Tie-break, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 10-4.[WATCH LIVE 2]“Obviously so, so happy to come through that there and get through to the semi-finals,” Salisbury said. “Last year we had a similar situation of having won one and lost one, and then it went to a third-set tie-break and we lost out in that one. So to come through today is a great feeling.“We had to fight so hard to get through that, I think everyone was feeling the nerves at the start. In that first set, it wasn’t the highest quality match, but then it got better and better throughout. We stayed strong and played a great tie-break in the end.”The Australian Open champions now join tournament debutants Koolholf and Mektic in the semi-finals, after the fifth seeds clinched the top spot out of Group Mike Bryan on Wednesday. Both teams are still in contention to finish the year at the top of the FedEx ATP No. 1 Doubles Team Rankings.

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