Klaasen/Ram Power Into Final

Seventh seeds defeat Murray/Soares on Saturday

Two first-year pairings will contest the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles final Sunday after Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram eclipsed newly minted World No. 1 team Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Klaasen, of South Africa, and Ram, of the United States, will play Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australia’s John Peers, who earlier in the day upset four-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan.

“We'll have to execute. We have to play like we did today in order to have a chance,” Ram said.

Klaasen and Ram needed exactly one hour to claim a 6-1, 6-4 win over Murray and Soares, who yesterday learned they would finish 2016 at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

Watch: Klaasen/Ram Reflect On Dream Run

After dropping just 12 points in the first set, Klaasen and Ram faced only one scare in the second set when they saw Murray/Soares recover from 1-3 to level the set at 3-all. But Klaasen and Ram immediately broke back and soon closed out the match.

“The event is spectacular. The venue is spectacular. The fans are great. Having our family here has been spectacular and then of course winning matches helps, too,” Klaasen said.

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