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Ram, an ADNA-sponsored ATP tennis player, made it to his second semifinals in three weeks after defeating Leonard Mayer of Argentina 7-6(3), 6-3.
The semifinals match pitted Ram against two-time Farmer’s Classic champion and fellow countryman Sam Querrey, whom Ram defeated in the finals of his only ATP title at Newport, Rhode Island in 2009.
After losing the first set in nine games, Ram was able to force a tiebreak in the second set, where Querrey bettered him 7-4, and won the match 6-3, 7-6(4).
Querrey went on to claim his third Farmer’s Classic title in four years, after routing Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-0, 6-2.
Querrey won the Farmer’s Classic in 2009 and 2010, but was unable to compete last year due to a right shoulder injury.
Despite the loss, Ram has shown a great deal of inspired play as of late.
Since his first ATP Tournament win in 2009, Ram had not made it to a semifinals until three weeks ago when he accomplished that feat on the same court in Newport where he claimed his first ATP singles title. Ram went on to lose in the semis to the interminable Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.
Two weeks before, Ram made it to the third round of Wimbledon.
“I kind of re-evaluated my tennis,” Ram said. “Not like, ‘do I want to keep playing?’ but just how I was going about it, and trying to make improvements. I felt like I was giving too many points away, both mentally and by going for too much, and (needed) just to find a way to make more guys beat me. If a guy beats me by hitting more winners, then he beats me.”
Ram is perhaps more well-known for his doubles play, which he has claimed six ATP titles with several different partners.
In Newport, Ram accomplished a rare feat by claiming both the doubles and singles titles on the same day.