Murray/Soares Battle Into Stuttgart Final
Klaasen/Ram prevail in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Second seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares came out on top in another tight match on Friday at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, reaching the final with a 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-6 victory over Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi.
Murray/Soares needed 11 match points to prevail in their quarter-final on Wednesday against Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic, but only needed three in the Match Tie-break against Matkowski/Mirnyi to advance in 77 minutes.
Awaiting them in the final will be top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan or fourth seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. Murray/Soares are 1-1 in ATP World Tour doubles finals in 2017, prevailing in Acapulco (d. Isner/Lopez) and finishing runner-up in Sydney (l. Koolhof/Middelkoop).
At the Ricoh Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, second seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram secured the lone break in the last game of their semi-final match against Aussies John Peers and Jordan Thompson to advance 7-6(4), 7-5. Klaasen/Ram have already lifted winner’s trophies this year in Delray Beach (d. Huey/Mirnyi) and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells (d. Kubot/Melo).
They’ll play Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in a rematch of their Indian Wells final after the top seeds defeated Andre Sa and recent Roland Garros doubles champion Michael Venus 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-5. Kubot/Melo have excelled at Masters 1000 events this year, winning in Madrid (d. Mahut/Roger-Vasselin) and Miami (d. Monroe/Sock).