Ramkumar to play Johnson in Newport final

Ramkumar Ramanathan enters semifinals for first time

Ramkumar to play Johnson in Newport final

Paes, who is playing his first match since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for most number of wins in doubles, and his American partner Jamie Cerretani suffered a 3-6 6-7 (3) loss to giant-killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Crajicek in the doubles quarterfinals.

The semis were played on Newport's grass court after the induction of Michael Stich and Helena Sukova into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

"It's just being comfortable in finals". "Maybe he comes out with nerves, maybe he doesn't".

Johnson, ranked No. 48 in world coming into the week, needed just 70 minutes to advance, getting to a handful of tough shots that seemed to frustrate the Spaniard. "Very happy today to be in the driver's seat of that situation, especially out here". Jung's serve was under threat in the fifth game of the second set as well but he managed to save five break points, breaking Tim in the following game to open a 4-2 lead. Jung had to save three match points on serve in the following game to prolong the match but Tim sealed the deal with a service victor in the next game for the place in the last four.

After missing out on one match point, Johnson got the victory when Granollers hit a backhand return into the net.

Ramanathan, a 23-year-old from Chennai, was 1-2 this year in ATP events until this week, when he ousted Dominican Victor Burgos 6-4, 6-1 in his opener and dispatched USA eighth seed Denis Kudla 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

The final has been moved up from a scheduled 3pm start to 11am due to the forecast of heavy rain.

"I am going to keep going, giving my best, and next time I am going to win the title", said the Chennai native. "The confidence grows. It's nice to be able to build on some of the things that I did well in my earlier rounds", Smyczek said.

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