Two first-year pairings will contest Sunday’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London after South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram surprised newly crowned world No 1 side Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares on Saturday.
Next up for Klaasen and Ram are the in-form combo of Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Aussie John Peers.
That duo are undefeated at this event, after winning their pool match and then beating the American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.
Klaasen and Ram won in surprisingly easy fashion, racing through the first set 6-1 and then wrapping up the second 6-4.
They completed the victory in exactly an hour and dropped only 12 points in the first set.
In the second set Murray and Soares recovered to level things at 3-3 before breaking back straight away and going on to close 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.
Ram said he and Klaasen felt they were at their best on court against Murray and Soares. ‘We played incredibly sharp out there from the word go against a team recently crowned the world number one 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. ‘They 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 energy and execution and getting some revenge on Sunday.’
The final will be played on Sunday at 17:30 SA time and be shown live on SuperSport.
‘The event is spectacular. The venue is spectacular. The fans are great. Having our family here has been spectacular and then, of course, winning matches helps too,’ Klaasen said.
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