ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 39
Ram/Zimonjic Triumph In St. Petersburg
by ATP Staff|
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).
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