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Andy Ram Yoni Erlich 248.88.(Photo by: Asaf Kliger)
Andy and Yoni triumphant together again at Israel Open
Israelis refused to commit if and when they will team up on a regular basis once more.
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich claimed the Israel Open title for the second time in three years on Saturday, but refused to commit if and when they will team up on a regular basis once more.

Despite playing in just their second tournament together this year, Ram and Erlich had little trouble claiming a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alexander Peya and Simon Stadler in the final of the Challenger tournament in Ramat Hasharon.

However, with Erlich only ranked No. 88 in the world, 70 places below Ram, it seems unlikely the two will join forces on a weekly basis any time soon.

“We hope to play together again in the near future,” said Ram, who remains confident he will collaborate with Erlich week in-week out in 2011.

Conor Niland won the singles tournament at Ramat Hasharon, beating Thiago Alves 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer was knocked out of the Estoril Open semifinals on Saturday, falling 6-2, 7-6 (5) to defending champion Albert Montanes of Spain.

The top-ranked Swiss star made 19 unforced errors in the first set, mostly on his backhand. He was more consistent in the second set, but still could not deny Montanes.

Federer is six weeks away from breaking Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 286 weeks at No. 1. He lost to 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis at the Rome Masters recently as he prepares to defend his French Open title this month.

Also Saturday, unseeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain sliced her way to the Italian Open title, frustrating seventh-ranked Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (5), 7-5. It’s the first Tier I title for the 26th-ranked Martinez Sanchez.

Also late on Saturday, Shahar Pe’er advanced to the second round of the Madrid Open, beating world No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.
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