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Klaasen and Ram roar into doubles quarter-finals

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By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s leading doubles player, Raven Klaasen, is into the quarter-finals of the All-England tennis tournament in Wimbledon, London.
The recent winner of the doubles title at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany, Klaasen continued his growing partnership with American Rajeev Ram.
Seeded 11th for the tournament, they beat the fifth seeded Croatian/Brazilian combination of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in three sets.
The final score in the 2hr 17min game was 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) 6-3.
The SA combination lost the aces battle 2-4 but this was negated by the fact that their opponents sent down seven double faults to their four.
They’ll now come up against either 14th seeds Radek Stepanek and Nenad Zimonjic of Czech Republic and Serbia respectively or tournament second seeds and brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan of the US.
Former Davis Cup player Jeff Coetzee is with the Klaasen/Ram combination at Wimbledon as a travelling coach to Klaasen and shared some of his vast insight with Road to Rio 2016.
‘They’re both playing well on the bigger points. Raven is serving so much better after he changed rackets to one 1/2-inch longer.
‘It also gives Rajeev that trust and believe to move more on Ravens’ serve which makes a huge difference.
‘They both understand the role they play and are executing nicely on the big points.
‘Now we’re waiting for the winner between the Bryans and Zimonjic /Stepanek which will be tough. But if they keep playing the way they’re playing with that self-belief and taking risks they have a huge shot.’

Picture of Klaasen and Ram in action courtesy of Fayaadh Dhansay


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