TORONTO – South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and New Zealander Michael Venus were beaten 6-2 6-7 10-6 by second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Peers in the doubles final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday.
The SA/Kiwi duo saved four match points during the contest before succumbing in marathon final set 10-6.
Klaasen and Venus though, will rise to fifth in the ATP doubles race to London. The top-eight doubles teams qualify for the ATP World Tour's year-end tournament in the United Kingdom.
It was a top effort from Klaasen and Venus in their run to the final as they were unseeded coming into the event.
Raven Klaasen & Lloyd Harris have both received a rankings boost after last week's performances. Raven & partner, Michael Venus, are now ranked 5th in the ATP doubles race to London. Meanwhile, Lloyd has seen his ATP singles ranking improve to an all time high of 145. 👏🇿🇦👊
African News Agency (ANA)