Sunday , May 16 2021

Michael Venus eliminated from the ATP finals



The New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen were eliminated from double competition in the ATP Finals in London.

The sixth seed was beaten 6-3 7-6 (5) by the second seeded Colombian couple Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal within 1 hour 24.

Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen.

Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen.
Picture: PHOTOSPORT

The defeat ends Venus and Klaasen with an impressive first season, in which they reached the Wimbledon final together, won one title in Marseille in February, but achieved three other finals including their first ATP Masters 1000 final together in Toronto.

Venus and Klaasen got out of the worst possible clash today after Venus had served Klaasen was broken in his game of opening services and Colombians served impeccably in the first set, falling just three points to serve. Portion hang in a set of 3-5 Venus broken and Farah and Cabal clamped opener 6-3.

Venus and Klaasen who beat the rivals twice this year to hit back at the beginning of the second set with an early break. But the kiwi served a poor game when leading 3-2 and twice interrupted give a break back. The set and match was decided on a tie break that Farah and Cabal tightened 7-5 on their fourth point to secure their place in the semi-finals along with Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares from their group.

Venus and Klaasen won a share of USD 146 thousand only for promotion to the ATP finals and got another 56 thousand for their victory in their second group match.

Kiwi ends the season with around $ 870,000 in the prize pool and is ranked 12th in the ATP ranking, doubling, one place for his partner.

Venus and Klaasen confirmed they will continue to cooperate in 2019 and will be back in action at the Auckland ASB Classic in January.


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