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Ram/Zimonjic Triumph In St. Petersburg

Doubles 2012

Ram, Zimonjic© Sergey NavetnyRajeev Ram and Nenad Zimonjic won the St. Petersburg Open title in their first tournament together.

Top seeds Rajeev Ram and Nenad Zimonjic capped their debut tournament together Sunday as they triumphed at the St. Petersburg Open. The American/Serbian duo defeated Slovakians Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 in the final.

Ram and Zimonjic won 83 per cent of points on first serve and broke serve twice before edging their opponents in a Match Tie-break for victory in 71 minutes.

"We played a great first set, really didn't make any mistakes and were on them," assessed Ram. "Then we had a few chances to get ahead in the second, but they hung in there and credit to them. They played a good game on my serve and that was it. We re-focused and stepped it up again for the tie-break."

Former World No. 1 Zimonjic captured his 45th tour-level doubles title and second of the season after winning in Rotterdam with Michael Llodra in February (d. Lindstedt/Tecau). The 36 year old lifted the trophy in St. Petersburg for the third time after victories in 2003 (w/ Knowle) and 2007 (w/ Nestor).

"I haven't been playing that well lately, results-wise, and it turned out to be a great decision to come back to St. Petersburg to play with Rajeev," said Zimonjic. "He's a really good player. I played a couple of times against him and that's the best way to know how good someone is. I'm really happy that we connected in such a way and got the title."

The 28-year-old Ram won his seventh doubles title from nine finals. He won two titles last year with Scott Lipsky, triumphing in Delray Beach (d. Kas/Peya) and San Jose (d. Falla/Malisse).

The unseeded pairing of Lacko and Zelenay had ousted third seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak in the quarter-finals en route to reaching their first ATP World Tour doubles final together.

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