19.03.2017 Lukasz/Melo earn runner-up finish at IW

Rajeev Ram teaming with Raven Klaasen defeated eighth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-7(1), 6-4, 10-8 to take the doubles title in Indian Wells on Saturday.


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The first set saw five of the 12 games go to a deciding point, but there were no breaks of serve going into the tie-break. Kubot proved to be the star player in the crucial stages of the set, helping land an early mini-break on Klaasen’s serve and then hitting a return winner off Ram’s first-serve to give his team a 5/1 lead. A strong first serve from Kubot on their first set point gave the eighth seeds a commanding lead.


It appeared that Kubot/Melo would storm to the title after a volley error from Klaasen gave them the first break of the match to lead 2-1 in the second set. However, nerves from Kubot saw the Polish player hit a double fault down break point to gift the lead back and even the set at 4-4. Two games later, a forehand return winner from Klaasen on set point leveled the match at one set each.


The Match Tie-break proved to be a nervy affair, with both teams recognising the importance of the occasion. Little separated the two pairs throughout, but a big return of serve from Klaasen on match point at 9/8 guided them to the title after one hour and 46 minutes. I think everybody's goal, whether singles or doubles, is to make it to the ATP World Tour Finals at the end of the year. A title like this definitely puts us in good position to at least try to do that,” said Ram. “I think it's good validation for what we're doing. We are trying to improve all the time. And when you see results that back up the work you have done, it really makes it motivating to keep going and keep trying to continue to get better.”

Comments (2):

Winszuję Łukaszu ! Keep fighting to the next zwycięstwa !
Dodany przez: Krzysztof Logan Tomaszewski | Dnia: 22.03.2017
Gratuluję wspaniałego wyniku! Dzięki za piękny turniej.
Dodany przez: Krzysztof | Dnia: 19.03.2017

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