(JNS.org) Following a stunning upset of a Swiss team including the world’s top-ranked player, Roger Federer, Israel’s tandem of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram lost two closely contested sets Thursday to the Olympic doubles tennis tournament’s top-seeded team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
The Israelis fell 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) to the American Bryan brothers a day after outlasting Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka—the defending Olympic champions—by a score of 1-6, 7-6, 6-3. Erlich and Ram topped Federer at the legendary Wimbledon venue, where the Swiss star has won a record-tying seven Grand Slam tournaments among his outright record 17 total career Grand Slams.
“We struggled at the beginning, we were a bit excited to be playing on the same court as the best player in the world,” Erlich said Wednesday, according to Reuters. “We came here to go all the way and not just to beat Federer.”
Erlich and Ram didn’t go “all the way” after all, but also didn’t go down without a fight against the Bryans, as neither team broke each other’s serve all match long. The Israelis fought off three match points before Erlich double-faulted on his serve to give the Americans the win.