Kontinen/Peers Stay Unbeaten In London
Kontinen/Peers face top seeds Herbert/Mahut next
The fifth seeds improved to 2-0 on Wednesday, advancing past Raven Klaasen/Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-4 in 64 minutes. Kontinen/Peers saved all three break points against the South African/American pairing and remained perfect on serve at the season finale, having held all 20 service games during their two round-robin matches at The O2.
The Finnish/Australian team has now won its past seven matches, dating back to its maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title run earlier this month at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. The remainder of the week could be promising as well. Kontinen/Peers have beaten the other seven doubles teams in the field, and six of them in the past five weeks.
The duo can qualify for semi-finals in London on Wednesday. If Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday evening, Kontinen/Peers qualify. They'll also make the last four if the Frenchmen beat Lopez/Lopez in three sets.
Kontinen/Peers, the youngest doubles pairing in the field, wasted little time during Wednesday's opening match. They broke for a 3-1 lead and consolidated the break when Peers punched a forehand volley. After less than a half hour, they had taken the first set.
Klaasen/Ram, who had knocked off the top seeds Herbert/Mahut in straight sets on Monday, held to love to get to 4-5 in the second set. But they couldn't recover from dropping their serve in the opening game. Kontinen sliced a backhand volley on match point, and Klaasen/Ram fell to 1-1 in London.