Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 Jan 2016
11:33 am

Klaasen through to third round

Wesley Botton

The No 13 seeds will face American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round.

FILE PICTURE: Raven Klaasen. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram progressed safely beyond the second round of the men’s doubles competition at the Australian Open on Friday.

Klaasen, the only SA player left in the main draw at Melbourne Park, and Ram fought back from a set down to beat the US duo of Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 3-6 6-3 7-6 in a hard-fought second-round contest.

The No 13 seeds will face American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round, with Klaasen keeping his hopes alive for a maiden Grand Slam title.

Klaasen reached the final of the 2014 Australian Open, after he and former partner Eric Butorac defeated the Bryan brothers in straight sets in the third round.