US OPEN 2014
Lipsky/Ram Set Up All-American US Open SF Clash With Bryans
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram advanced to their first Grand Slam semi-final together on Tuesday at the US Open as they defeated 12th seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-3, 7-6(4).
Lipsky and Ram backed up their third-round upset win over Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, hitting 11 aces as they prevailed in 79 minutes. They are playing together for just the second time this season, having lost in the Chennai first round at the start of the year. Their last Grand Slam outing together came at Wimbledon in 2012, when they reached the quarter-finals (l. to Bryans).
For a spot in the final at Flushing Meadows, Lipsky and Ram will face top seeds and four-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 winners over seventh-seeded Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, the reigning champions of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The American World No. 1 team is now two wins from a 100th team title. The pair clinched their 99th title at the Western & Southern Masters in Cincinnati two weeks ago. Read More
"[Tonight's] match could have gone either way," said Mike, "and the crowd gave us that extra five-to-10 per cent that could have made the difference."
At 4-4 in the deciding set, Bob Bryan erased two break points down 15/40, and erased another, at Ad Out, to hold serve. In the next game, Marrero committed two forehand errors, which allowed the Bryans to close out the quarter-final battle on their first match point.