Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram look to back up their stunning second round win over the defending Olympic champions when they take on the Bryan brothers in the quarter-finals.
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Erlich and Ram may have slipped down the rankings recently but they won the 2008 Australian Open and they showed their class with a stunning 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 second round win over Beijing gold medallists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.
“We’re very pleased; it’s not every day that you beat the No. 1 in the world, the best player in the history of tennis,” a delighted Ram told the press. “It’s great fun. I’m very excited about this, it’s not a normal win, but still we have a long way for our goal. We came here to go all the way, not just to beat Federer, which is very exciting.”
The Israelis were wiped off the court in the opener but Ram explained that this was more down to their own poor play than the brilliance of the Swiss duo. “To be with the best player in the world on Centre Court is a bit exciting in the beginning,” he said. "They didn’t play better, we just played bad in the first set. Then in the second set we talked a little bit in the changeover, we switched sides on serve, and we played much better and we improved with the game.”
The Bryans won the bronze medal in Beijing and they're desperate to reach an Olympic final. After winning another extremely close match (they beat Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny in two tiebreaks to reach the last eight) they'll be quietly confident they can get the better of the Israeli duo who they've played many times over the past decade.
Prediction: The Bryans to win in straight sets.