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Klaasen backed to make a Grand Slam final
- Updated: July 10, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Despite a semi-final loss at Wimbledon this week, veteran player and coach Jeff Coetzee thinks it’s only a matter of time before South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram lift a Grand Slam tennis title.
Coetzee, a long-time Davis Cup doubles player for SA, was speaking after Klaasen and Ram went down to French pair Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-5 6-4 5-7 7-6 (5).
‘The guys Just did not get the start we wanted,’ Coetzee told Road to Rio 2016. ‘The third and fourth sets they played really well. We needed to start the match well. ‘Although they lost the match we’re on the right track.
‘There are a few minor things we have to sort out and I’m sure these guys will lift a Grand Slam title. They just need to adapt better to the court.
‘It can’t take them two sets. Court One played al ot slower compared to the courts they have played on.
‘They were very disappointed about the loss, but know how important it is in the semis to get off to a good start. The more they get into these situations the more confident they’ll be,’ Coetzee concluded.
Picture of Klaasen (right) and Ram courtesy of Bryan Smith