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Klaasen into second round doubles at Wimbledon
- Updated: July 3, 2015
South Africa’s Raven Klaasen is into the second round of the tennis doubles at Wimbledon, writes Mark Etheridge.
Playing with his new partner, Rajeev Ram of India, they beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) and Oliver Marach (Austria) in a hard-fought five-set affair.
The match lasted 10 minutes shy of four hours before they clinched matters with a 7-6 (2) 6-4 2-6 6-7 (5) 8-6 victory.
Seeded 14th for the tournament, they’ll now come up against another unseeded combination in the shape of Croatia’s Mate Pavid and New Zealand’s Michael Venus who won their first round clash in four sets.
Klaasen and Ram won the battle of the aces with 18-10 but had three more double faults against their name. First serves in was pretty much all square at 63%-64% while their opponents had the slightly better figures in terms of points won on first service – 75% to 64%.