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(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Since splitting up with longtime partner Andy Ram after suffering an elbow
injury in 2008, Yoni Erlich has had little success on the doubles
While Ram continued winning alongside various players, it seemed
Erlich’s best days were behind him when he returned after a long while away from
However, on Sunday Erlich finally tasted the sweetness of
victory once again when he won the doubles tournament at Queens Club in London
while playing with star Novak Djokovic. The Israel/Serbian duo began slowly in
their match against Karol Beck and David Skoch, losing the first set on a tie
break despite taking a 4-1 lead in the breaker.
But they stormed back to
clinch the second set 6-2 and won the decider 10-3.
Erlich was all smiles
after the victory and was quick to pay tribute to his new partner. “First of all
I want to thank Novak, he wanted to play with me. He’s a good friend, it has
been an honor and I have enjoyed every minute,” said Erlich, who played with
Dudi Sela at the French Open.
And Djokovic, who has had great success as
a singles player, winning the Australian Open in 2008, was appreciative
“It’s a first grass court title for me, singles or
doubles,” he said. “I was lucky to be playing with one of the best
Ram, who lost in the semifinals at Roland Garros with Julian
Knowle earlier this month, has said he intends to reunite with Erlich
Meanwhile, Sam Querrey won an all-American final in the singles
tournament on Sunday, beating Mardy Fish 7-6 (3), 7-5.
seventh-seeded Querrey’s third title of the year, all on different
surfaces – he
won in Memphis on hardcourt and in Belgrade on clay.
The match was the
first all-American final at Queen’s since Todd Martin defeated Pete