Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Re: Banco Cruzeiro do Sul Challenge
RAM/SOARES (ISR/BRA) def. MELO/SA - 7/5 3/6 10/8
The double formed by the Israeli Andy Ram and the Brazilian Bruno Soares won the Brazilians Andre Sa/Marcelo Melo by 2 sets to 1 with partial of 7/5, 3/6 and 10/8 (in the super tie-break), after 1:12 a.m. of match. The Brazilians, who arrived to go to Shanghai as double booking of the Masters Cup, and that are eighths of the world, opened 2 to 0 in the first set, with a break in the second game.
But with many breaks (seven in 12 games), Ram and Soares led the better. They missed the first opportunity to quit when they served on 5 to 4. But they didn't missed a chance in the 12th game and made 7/5. In the second set, Melo and Sa arrived to open 5 to 0, but allowed a sketch of reaction of their opponents. But they closed on 6/3.
In the super tie-break, the Israeli showed the reason that makes him one of the best doubles player in the world. With a very agressive serve and excelent volleys, he and Bruno closed at 10 to 8 to 2 to 1. Andy Ram also was very nice to do various tricks. In the fourth game of the second set, after missing a volley on the network, he handed the racket to a ballman and asked that he come in its place. And got to handle balls by a full point, tearing laughter from the public.
Tennis Tipping Highlights:
Challenger: 2011 W: Quito F: Alphen ; Bogota 1 2010 W: Istanbul F: Bogota 3 2009 F: Bogota 1 2008 W: Orleans
ATP & Grand Slam: 2011 W: Umag (w/Belludal) 2009 W: Auckland (w/MuriloBrasil) F: Houston (w/MuriloBrasil)
Challenger: 2011 W: Genève (w/Deathless Mortal) ; Bordeaux (w/karo_em9) ; Prague (w/karo_em9) ; Singapore (w/karo_em9) F: Scheveningen (w/karo_em9) 2010 W: Montevideo (w/karo_em9) ; Tampere (w/karo_em9) F: Bogota 3 (w/karo_em9) 2008 W: Campos dos Jordao (w/MuriloBrasil) ; Genova (w/MuriloBrasil) ; Orleans (w/MuriloBrasil) ; Cali (w/MuriloBrasil) ; Asuncion (w/MuriloBrasil)