Wimbledon: Ram and Erlich knocked out in quarters

The Israeli duo, which was seeded No. 3 at the All England Club, lost 3-6, 3-6, 3-6 in the quarterfinals to the No. 9 seeds.

Ram-Ehrlich 88 (photo credit:)
Ram-Ehrlich 88
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Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich were dumped out of Wimbledon in unceremonious fashion on Tuesday by Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes. The Israeli duo, which was seeded No. 3 at the All England Club, lost 3-6, 3-6, 3-6 in the quarterfinals to the No. 9 seeds and failed to repeat its performance from 2003 when it reached the last four of the tournament. Break point conversion was the key stat in Tuesday's match. Ram and Erlich failed to convert any of their eight break points, while Dlouhy and Paes won four of their six break attempts. "I don't think I can get more disappointed than I feel right now," Erlich told totallyjewish.com. "I don't think we performed and gave our heart today and that's even more disappointing. We had a lot of chances but failed to convert eight break points, they played very well and did their job." Despite the disappointing loss, Ram will remain in London in the coming days after advancing to the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles tournament with partner Nathalie Dechy. The Israeli/French duo, which is seeded No. 9, defeated Scott Lipsky and Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 7-5. "The mixed doubles was very good and it's always nice to finish the day with a smile and that's what I did," Ram said. "Obviously I'm disappointed with the men's doubles, not just that we lost but the way we lost. We didn't play our best today. I thought we could have come back in the third set or at least fight a little harder. Quarter-finals is good for us even though we expected to go further in this tournament." Of his hopes for the mixed doubles tournament Ram said: "I won the mixed doubles in 2006 and feel that I can do it again. "I've told all my friends and family that I'm going all the way this time. "I may be putting pressure on myself by saying that but I like to do that. I'm very much enjoying playing with Nathalie, she's always smiling, she's a really great player and it's fun."