Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich R 311.
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Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich will be going for their 15th career title together on
Sunday when they play in the final of the Chennai Open in India.
the Israeli duo more than six months to reach their first final of a largely
disappointing 2011, but Ram and Erlich have got this year off to an excellent
start, reaching the final in their first tournament of 2012 on Saturday with a
4-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory over local favorites Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan
Ram and Erlich dropped to 51st and 50th, respectively, in the
ATP rankings following an underachieving 2011 in which they failed to make it
past a second round of a Grand Slam tournament.
There was even some
concern the duo would fail to reach the doubles tournament at the London 2012
Olympics, with only 24 teams to automatically qualify as per the rankings on
June 11, 2012, subject to a maximum of two teams per nation.
two look to be in great form to start this year and will be hoping to end their
first tournament of 2012 with the title when they face Leander Paes and Janko
Tipsarevic in Sunday’s final.
Dudi Sela’s first ATP Tour quarterfinal in
more than a year-and-a-half ended in defeat in Chennai on Friday, with the
Israeli (83 in the world) falling to a 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to Milos Raonic
Meanwhile, France’s world No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame
compatriot Gael Monfils 7-5 6- 3 to win the Qatar Open on
Tsonga had eased into the final with a walkover in the semis
against Roger Federer, who pulled out with a back problem but was optimistic of
being fit for the Australian Open which starts on January 16. Monfils had seen
off world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semis.
Nevertheless, Nadal remains
confident ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.
“I go to Australia
very happy about what I did here,” Nadal told a news conference. “I think I
played a great tournament. I played more aggressively than usual, including
today, even if I know that’s maybe not the right thing to do.
to be a little bit more consistent today but I am doing the things I have to do
to compete against the best players in the world.”
disappointed he had to pull out, but believes he’ll be fit to play in Melbourne.
I hurt my back in the second round match,” Federer, who won the last of his 16
grand slam titles in Australia two years ago, told a news conference.
don’t think it’s the right time to risk anything right now. For Australia, I’m
optimistic. It’s not good, but it isn’t crazy bad. Without playing and the right
treatment I will get through it in the next few days. I have a long journey to
Australia, but hopefully mid next week I should be 100 percent again,” added the
world No. 3.Reuters contributed to this report