Tennis: Ram, Dechy reach French Open mixed doubles final

Andy Ram is just one win away from a second career Grand Slam title.

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Andy Ram is just one win away from a second career Grand Slam title after he and French partner Nathalie Dechy advanced to the final of the French Open mixed doubles tournament on Wednesday. The Israeli/French duo defeated Tiantian Sun and Julian Knowle 6-2, 6-4 in a semifinal and will face Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic in Thursday's final. Srebotnik and Zimonjic, who are seeded sixth, beat Zi Yan and Mark Knowles 6-3, 6-4. Ram claimed his first Grand Slam title at the 2006 Wimbledon mixed doubles with Russian Vera Zvonareva. Ram and Dechy dominated their opponents, breaking Sun's and Knowle's serve twice in each set and only allowing them to reach a single break point in the match. The Israeli/French duo, who are seeded eighth in the tournament, broke their opponents to love in the fourth game of the match and opened a 4-1 lead with another flawless game. A second break of serve in the eighth game clinched the first set for Ram and Dechy in a mere 26 minutes. After splitting the first four games of the second set, Sun and Knowle converted their first break point of the match and opened a 4-2 lead by holding serve in the subsequent game. Ram and Dechy would, however, break to love in the eighth game of the second set (4-4) and booked their place in the final with another break of serve two games later.