Raven Klaasen Clinches ATP Doubles Title in Germany

Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus

South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand doubles partner, Michael Venus, have captured their biggest title together as a team, winning the ATP 500 in Halle, Germany.

Ranked second, the doubles team fought hard to overcome the number one seeded Lukasz Kubot from Poland and Marcelo Melo from Brazil.

After losing the first set, Raven and Michael hit back in the second with a break of serve in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead with Raven securing a second set victory.

With each team having won one set, the winning team broke the tie by racing to an 8-3 lead and completing a 10-4 victory.

The final lasted 1 hour and 26 minutes, with Raven and Michael winning with 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.

For their efforts, the pair gets to share R3.3 million in prize money.

This is the team’s second year as a doubles team and their second title during that time. Last year, they won the ATP’s Open 13 in Marseille.

Raven is currently South Africa’s greatest hope of capturing a Wimbledon Title.

Raven and Michael came close to winning the Wimbledon title last year in a final that they lost to Americans, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.


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