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Lipsky-Ram Clinch San Jose Title


Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram© Ron AngleScott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram have a 12-4 team record.

Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram won their second title together as they prevailed against the first-time pairing of Alejandro Falla and Xavier Malisse 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 on Sunday at the SAP Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in San Jose.

“I think the whole week we served really well, which puts pressure on our opponents’ serves,” said Lipsky. “As long as we’re taking care of our service games and doing what we need to do, it’s good for us.”

Lipsky and Ram have reached the final in three of their six tour-level appearances since joining forces for the first time last July. They won the Atlanta title on their debut outing, and were finalists last week at the SA Tennis Open.

“Matches start to build on each other,” said the 26-year-old Ram, who claimed his fifth doubles title from seven finals. “We’ve won a few in a row now. It’s always nice to play on Sunday, and it’s even better to win on Sunday, so we’re happy and hopefully we can keep it rolling for a little bit now.”

Lipsky, 29, improved to a 4-6 mark in tour-level finals as he collected his second San Jose title. He won his first ATP World Tour title at this tournament in 2008.

“It’s really exciting,” said Lipsky, who played collegiate tennis in nearby Palo Alto from 1999-2003. “I love playing here in San Jose, the Bay Area has been great to me. Played at Stanford for four years, a lot of friends in the crowd, so it was really nice to win again here.”

Falla and Malisse had earned their place in the final after knocking out top seeds Mark Knowles and Michal Mertinak in the semi-finals. Falla was appearing in his first doubles final and Malisse his sixth (4-2).

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