Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich R 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS )
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich’s 27th doubles final together ended in disappointment
on Sunday, with the Israelis losing 6-4, 6-4 to Leander Paes and Janko
Tipsarevic in the final of the Chennai Open in India.
The Israeli duo all
but lost the the first set after Paes and Tipsarevic took a 3-0 lead, with two
breaks of serve, and the Indian/Serbian team served out the match after Ram was
broken in the ninth game of the second set.
Despite failing to capture
their 15th doubles title together, Ram and Erlich, who earned a check for
$11,480 and 75 points, will be pleased with their performance in India ahead of
the start to the Australian Open next week.
Meanwhile, a ruthless Andy
Murray powered his way to a 6-1 6-3 win over injury-hampered Alexandr Dolgopolov
to win the Brisbane International and take a timely shot of confidence ahead of
the Aussie Open.
Murray won an enthralling quarterfinal in four sets over
the Ukrainian at Melbourne Park last year, but the rematch at Pat Rafter Arena
fell flat with a grimacing Dolgopolov dragging an injured right leg around the
“It’s my first week with my new team and it was good, I really
enjoyed it and hopefully it’ll bring more success in future,” Murray
Murray’s 22nd ATP title was also his first Down Under and overseen
by his new coach, eight-times Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl, who applauded from
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Also Sunday, big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic edged out
Tipsarevic 6-7 7-6 7-6 in a nerve-jangling Chennai Open final to win his second
Raonic, ranked No. 31, got the better of Dudi Sela in the
quarterfinals and needed three hours and 14 minutes to beat top seed Tipsarevic
in the first meeting between the two players.
The 1.96 meter Raonic, who
was named ATP’s newcomer of 2011, lost his first set in the tournament after
surrendering the first set tiebreak 7-4.
But the fourth seed rallied back
to win the next two sets to pocket $71,900.Reuters contributed to this
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