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Peers/Kontinen Beat Klaasen/Ram, Now Prepare For SFs

Finnish/Australian team will now prepare for Saturday's semi-finals

Defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers completed Group Eltingh-Haarhuis round-robin play with a 2-1 record on Thursday.

Second seeds Kontinen and Peers fought back to beat alternates Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 over 59 minutes in a repeat of last year’s title match at The O2 in London.

Klaasen and Ram replaced sixth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut after Herbert withdrew on Thursday morning due to lower back pain.

There were two breaks of serve in each of the first two sets, before Kontinen and Peers won eight of the first 11 points in the Match tie-break en route to their 40th match win of the season.

The Finnish-Australian pair, now 40-17 on the season that includes four titles – including the Australian Open (d. Bryans) and the Shanghai Rolex Masters (d. Kubot/Melo) – will now face the top team from Group Woodbridge/Woodforde on Saturday night in the semi-finals.

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