12.11.2019 - 20:39 Uhr
Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus became the first doubles team to reach the semi-finals at this year’s Nitto ATP Finals, earning their place on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo.The South African-Kiwi pair are 2-0 in Group Jonas Bjorkman after also scoring a straight-sets win on Sunday against Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury. They’re making their second team appearance at the season-ending championships and advanced out of round-robin action for the first time. Klaasen also finished runner-up at this event in 2016 with Rajeev Ram (l. to Kontinen/Peers).Klaasen/Venus take a 4-3 lead against Kubot/Melo in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry and have won their past three matches, including victories en route to their two ATP Tour titles this season in Halle and Washington.Kubot/Melo drop to 1-1 this week, having beaten Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek on Sunday. Their final round-robin match against Ram/Salisbury will determine the second team to advance out of Group Jonas Bjorkman.More to follow...[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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