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Andy Ram's and Yoni Erlich's hopes of reaching the season-ending Masters Cup for a second straight year suffered a further blow on Monday after the team lost in the first round of the ATP Masters series tournament in Madrid.
The Israeli duo, which is ranked seventh in the ATP's doubles race, was edged 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-4 by Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer.
Ram and Erlich are just 37 points ahead of Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra, who are ranked No. 9 in the race, and will have to do well in their remaining two tournaments of the year to finish among the world's top eight doubles teams and qualify for the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
Shahar Pe'er, who remained at No. 16 in the world in the new rankings that were released on Monday, will face Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (31) in the first round of the Zurich Open on Tuesday.
Dudi Sela, who will return to action next week in South Korea, climbed on Monday one place to a new career high No. 91 in the world.