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Klaasen cashes in on second successive doubles title

By Mark Etheridge

Rampant Raven Klaasen continued his rich vein of form with his second doubles victory in consecutive tournaments on Sunday.
The South African, pictured right, has only teamed up with Brazil’s Marcelo Melo for the last two weeks but the two have hit it off instantly with successive ATP Tour wins in the Far East.
Last week it was the Japan Open in Tokyo and on Sunday it was the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Shanghai.
The Shangai Masters saw them beating Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in straight sets, 6-3 6-3.
The two were seeded sixth for the tournament and banked another $141,000 to go with the $45,000 they won the previous week. Klaasen has won just under $400,000 on the ATP Tour this year.
Melo has already qualified for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour finals, along with Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
Victory was an excellent belated birthday present for Klaasen who turned 33 last Friday.

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