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Klaasen and Butorac win second title of 2014
- Updated: October 20, 2014
South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac, boosted their chances of qualifying for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London after defeating Treat Huey and Jack Sock in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday for their second title of the season.
Third seeded Butorac and Klaasen beat unseeded Treat Huey (Philippines) and Jack Stock (USA) 6-4 6-3 in the final.
This is Butorac and Klaasen’s second title as a team this year after they won Memphis in February, and third title overall after lifting the Kuala Lumpur title in 2013.
Butorac and Klaasen are now 185 points (3,205 overall) behind No7-ranked Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) (3,390) in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
Four doubles-team berths remain up for grabs in London.
The world’s top eight teams according to the year-end Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings will qualify for the London showdown the from 9-16 November.
Butorac and Klaasen will this week contest the ATP event in Valencia followed by the ATP Masters in Paris.
Klaasen said that the Stockholm win was ‘unbelievable’. “This is my third time coming to this event and to win with Eric is special. We have put ourselves very strongly in contention for London, so we hope we can take this form into next week.’
‘It was a great match for us on Sunday” said Butorac. ‘We had such fun coming to Sweden. This is my favourite tournament of the season. It’s a very special feeling to be the champion here.’
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