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After beating the Bryan brothers - the world's #1 tennis doubles team - at the start of the Masters Cup in Shanghai on Sunday, the Israeli duo of Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich lost their second match in the lucrative tournament on Tuesday, coming up short against Australian Paul Hanley and Zimbabwean Kevin Ullyett 6:4, 6:4.
Two breaks of serve were all Hanley and Ullyett, ranked fourth in the doubles rankings, needed to defeat the Israeli team, one in each set.
Prior to the match between the Bryan brothers and Martin Damm & Leander Paes, Ram-Erlich are ranked second in the red group. If the Israelis win the next round scheduled for Thursday, they may still clinch a semi-final spot.