ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 17
Erlich/Ram Win On Return To Barcelona
by ATP Staff|
Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, making their team’s first appearance at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in four years, edged Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Eduardo Schwank 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in one hour and 42 minutes Tuesday. The Israelis, runners-up in the 2012 season opener at Chennai, next face No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Nenad Zimonjic.
Two seeded duos fell in first-round action at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. Australians Paul Hanley and Jordan Kerr prevailed against third-seeded Italians Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 in one hour and 34 minutes, while recent Houston finalist Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot ousted No. 5 seeds Xavier Malisse and Dick Norman 7-6(4), 6-4.
Fourth seeds James Cerretani and Fabio Fognini made a winning partnership debut, defeating the Italian duo of Andreas Seppi and Filippo Volandri 7-6(3), 6-4. They saved 10 of the 11 break points faced on serve.