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Cerretani-Shamasdin Triumph In Jo'burg


Unseeded pairing James Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin won their maiden ATP World Tour team title Sunday in Johannesburg as they battled past top seeds Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 in the final of the SA Tennis Open.

The American-Canadian duo crucially saved eight of nine break points and rallied from a 0-3 deficit in the Match Tie-break to clinch victory in 77 minutes. They were crowned champions of the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament having lost just one set and earned $24,500 in prize money.

“It was a tough match. I think it could have gone either way out there today and it’s a shame that anyone had to lose,” said Cerretani, who won his third ATP World Tour doubles trophy and his second in Johannesburg, having triumphed with Dick Norman in 2009. “We were able to step up in the important times at the end of the match, some timely serving was obviously essential and we were able to emerge victorious.”

The 28-year-old Shamasdin won his first ATP World Tour title and said, “Africa is my mother country with my parents being from Kenya. It’s an honour to win my maiden title here in Africa. I love the people here, they’ve really supported me throughout the whole week and it’s a great feeling.” Prior to this week 28-year-old Shamasdin had just one doubles match win at tour-level.

Americans Lipsky and Ram dropped to a 1-1 mark in ATP World Tour doubles finals together; they won their lone trophy in Atlanta (d. Bopanna-Vliegen) last July.

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