Andy Ram Yoni Erlich 248.88.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich recorded consecutive victories for the first time this
year on Sunday, beating Croatians Marin Cilic and Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 7-6 (5) to
advance to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Erlich, who returned to playing together on a full time basis at the start of
2011 after two years apart, had won just three of their first 10 matches of the
season, failing to claim more than one victory in any single
However, a first round win over No. 5 seeds Marcin Matkowski
and Mariusz Fyrstenberg was followed by another straight-set triumph over Cilic
and Ljubicic and will give the Israeli duo some much needed confidence after a
disappointing start to the year.
Ram and Erlich will next face the
winners of the second round match between Paul Hanley and Lukas Dlouhy and
Jurgen Melzer and Phillip Petzschner.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic improved
to 20-0 in 2011, thrashing James Blake 6-2, 6-0 in the third
Djokovic’s winning streak to start the season is the longest since
Ivan Lendl began 1986 with 25 straight wins.
One player who is enjoying
far less success in recent months is Andy Murray.
The Brit made an
impressive run to the final of the Australian Open where he lost to Djokovic,
but he has not won a set in three tournaments since.
Murray suffered a
shock 6-1 7-5 loss to American qualifier Alex Bogomolov in the second round of
the Sony Ericsson Open, continuing his miserable start to the United States
The world number five, who was ousted by American
qualifier Donald Young in the second round at Indian Wells earlier this month,
looked badly out of sorts at Key Biscayne against Moscow-born Bogomolov, who is
ranked 118th in the world.
Reuters contributed to this report.