Israel’s Erlich falls just short of final

Erlich was playing in the last four of Wimbledon for the second time in his career.

Israel’s Yoni Erlich (photo credit: REUTERS)
Israel’s Yoni Erlich
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Yoni Erlich’s impressive and unexpected run at Wimbledon came to an end on Thursday, with the Israeli and German partner Philipp Petzschner losing in the semifinals of the doubles tournament 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to No. 13 seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers.
Erlich was playing in the last four of Wimbledon for the second time in his career, 12 years after doing so for the first time in his breakthrough tournament with Andy Ram.
The 38-year-old Erlich had played with seven different partners this year before teaming up with Petzschner and entering the Wimbledon qualifiers. Erlich had recorded little success since last playing with Ram on the ATP Tour in the Australian Open in January 2014, but he clicked immediately with Petzschner, who won the doubles tournament at Wimbledon in 2010.
Erlich, ranked No. 90 in the world, and Petzschner (113) strung together six straight wins to reach the semis, including over No. 2 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the quarterfinals.
The Israeli/German duo also got off to an excellent start on Thursday, claiming the first set after breaking Murray and Peers in the seventh game. However, the brother of Andy Murray and his Australian partner bounced back to surge into a 3-0 lead in the second set and quickly evened the score. While Erlich and Petzschner converted only one of their 10 break points, Murray and Peers capitalized on all four of their opportunities, breaking in the ninth game of the third set before running away with the fourth.