Category Archives: Rajeev Ram
Rajeev Ram is through to his second ATP250 semi final in three weeks with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over #3 seed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. This win will catapult Rajeev back into the top 100 in the world for the first time since July 2010 and the tournament is far from over. Rajeev will play the winner of Sam Querrey and Xavier Malisse, who play at 7.30pm pacific time this evening. Rajeev also made the semi’s of Newport two weeks ago where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in three sets in the semi finals.
Rajeev served extremely well in today’s match, making 71% of his first serves and winning 74% of them. More importantly, he won 15/20 (75%) on second serves which is the main reason he only got broken once for the match – early in the second set. Rajeev dropped behind 1-3, but stormed home to win the last 5 games in a row.
There is a lot more tennis to be played in this tournament as Rajeev seeks his the second ATP title of his career (won ATP250 Newport 2009).
All the best and have a wonderful weekend!
Wow that was quick!
Rajeev just made his way into the quarter finals of the Los Angeles ATP250 with a straight sets W over Chilean Paul Capdeville in an hour and some change. Rajeev won 6-3, 6-1 and never faced a break point for the entire match. He broke Paul five times from nine opportunities and only lost three points on serve in the second set. Pretty dominant performance.
Rajeev served much better in this match than the previous few weeks, making 62% of his 1st serves and won 22/26 (85%) points on 1st serve for the entire match. He was also rock solid on 2nd serves, winning 11/16 (69%).
Hope all is well and everyone is enjoying the action in the early rounds at Indian Wells. I worked with Rajeev Ram in qualifying where he won his first match against#227 Ivan Navarro (ESP) 6-4, 6-2 and lost in the second round to #91 Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-4, 6-3. Rajeev played a great match against Ivan, but battled 30mph+ winds against Matthew which caused havoc with his serve and attacking game.
The YouTube point posted in this blog is from the Round 1 encounter between #63 Dudi Sela (ISR) and #178 Amer Delic (BIH). Dudi won 2-6, 6-0, 6-2. Amer looked good in the first set but Dudi broke early in the 2nd and rolled to victory. There was one special point in this match where both players ended up hitting a tweener – has to be the onlyATP point ever for that to happen.
The Legg Mason Classic kicks off in Washington this afternoon, and there are 3 players that I will be assisting with remote coaching from Dallas for this event.
They are Richard Berankis, Marsel Ilhan and Rajeev Ram. Richard, ranked #114 from Lithuania, plays at 6pm this evening against #152 Marinko Matosevic, from Australia. The pair clashed in the first round of the Aussie Open this year, with Richard winning 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. Marinko came through qualifying at this event, and this match shapes up as a very entertaining opening round. Richard is the quicker, more aggressive player, and he will be looking to dominate with court position and finishing at the net.
G’day from the city of angels,
This is the first tournament I have started working with Richard Berankis, the talented 21-year-old from Lithuania. Richard has been out injured for most of the year, and this is only his second tournament he has played since Miami in March. It is such a pleasure to work with this wonderful man, and his coach Remis Balzekas.
Richard lost last night to Ryan Harrison 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3 in a gutsy three-set match – and certainly had his chances to win along the way.
Richard got off to a rough start, going down 3-0, but battled back immediately to level at 3-3, thanks to a couple of double faults from Ryan. Ryan had two set points at 5-6, but was not able to finish at the net. Richard then elevated his game in the tie-breaker and was able to control points a lot more with his forehand.
Rajeev Ram’s great run in Atlanta came up one point short last night as Ryan Harrison won a thrilling quarter-final match 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5). Rajeev had a match point leading 6-5 in the 3rd set, but a huge ace out wide from Ryan kept him alive and kicking.
Rajeev looked the better player in the first set, playing more aggressively and dictating points with some wonderful serve and volley tennis. Ryan turned it around in the second set, and really got on a roll early after saving a break point in the opening game. Ryan then got up a break in the 3rd set, but Rajeev battled back and pushed it to a tie-breaker, but ultimately came up just a hair short.
Rajeev Ram achieved one of the biggest wins of his career last night here in Atlanta with a gutsy 3-set victory over former world #1, Lleyton Hewitt. Rajeev won 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 under lights, and will now play Ryan Harrison in the quarter finals this evening.
It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this match, which was played with all the passion and intensity that you would expect with Lleyton as an opponent. Rajeev and I did our homework with the patterns of play, and it was his belief in the game plan that got him the breaks necessary in the 3rd set to secure victory. This is the first tournament I have coached Rajeev, and I must compliment him on how eager he is to improve and learn about the game. It is all about maximizing his strengths and making his opponent as uncomfortable as possible on the court. It’s been mission accomplished so far. Rajeev came through qualifying, so this is the fourth match he has won here.
Rajeev’s match against Lleyton Hewitt is delayed here because of rain. Big black clouds rolled in with lots of thunder and lightning, and the sky exploded with a huge downpour. So we have just been sitting in the player lounge telling tall stories and generally just making fun of each other. Been sitting with Somdev Devvarman, and just checked out his new website at www.somdev.com. I highly encourage you do the same. Somdev saw my Brain Game presentation twice at the University of Virginia a couple of years ago, so he is one switched on fella.
We were just joking that every time during the 2.5 hour presentation I asked the team “does anyone have a question?” Somdev always had his hand up to learn more or figure something out. Inquisitive guy! I had to rephrase it to “does anyone other than Somdev have a question?”
Hopefully the rain clears and we will get to bang some balls here soon.
Craig & Somdev
G’day and good evening!
The draw has just come out and Rajeev plays Lleyton 2nd on tomorrow after 4pm – so sometime around 5.30pm eastern I would imagine. It’s going to be a great match, with Rajeev attacking at every opportunity and Lleyton counter-punching from the back of the court. We have done our homework with Dartfish Match Tagging and are really looking forward to the battle.
Rajeev Ram went a long way to getting his singles career back on track here in Atlanta this evening with a commanding 6-4, 6-4 victory over world #59 Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the ATP #250 Atlanta Tennis Championships. Rajeev’s ranking was as high as #79 just over a year ago, but it has slipped down outside #250 in recent months. His ranking, and his confidence received a major boost this evening in beating Dimitrov – a very talented 20-year-old player from Bulgaria.
Rajeev,27, broke early in both sets and never faced a break point for the entire match. This is the first time in two years that Rajeev has defeated an opponent ranked in the top #60 in the world. Thank your mother for the rabbits!
G’day from Atlanta!
It has been a solid few days on the tour for players that I have working with in Europe and the States.
World #117, Marsel Ilhan, from Turkey has been having a great run at the ATP#500 German Open in Hamburg. Marsel is guided by Turkish super-coach, Can Uner, and the pair are tearing it up in Deutchland! Marsel was the #3 seed in qualifying, and won his first round match against wildcard #467 Borut Puc (CRO) 6-4, 7-6 (10), and then qualified for the main draw with a 6-4, 6-3 over #190 Ivan Navarro from Spain.
Been a great few days in Houston for the qualies of the ATP250 U.S. Claycourt Championships at the River Oaks Country Club.
I always love coming to this amazing venue and seeing the players transition back to the red clay. I worked with several players over the weekend and watched a lot of matches – so here’s an update of what stood out.
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Strong performance around the world from Brain Game players highlight a very strong start to March.
1. Amer Delic – Winner, winner, cevapcici dinner! Amer Delic is back in a big way with two huge weeks on tour. Amer won the deciding 5th rubber in Davis Cup to give Bosina & Herzegovina a 3-2 victory over Morocco two weeks ago in Morocco. Amer also won the doubles rubber in the Group 2 first round match. Nothing like representing your country and coming through in the clutch! Well, things got better last week when Amer returned to Bosnia and won the $50K Sarajevo Challenger! It was only his second tournament of the year, and Amer is now back inside the Top 300 with no points to defend for months. Click on the following link for more details at Amer’s page in the Player’s Lounge.