After an incredible Wimbledon result (making it through to the doubles semi-finals and joining the Last 8 Club) South Africa's Raven Klaasen began this week with an ATP Doubles ranking of nine. Raven was interviewed earlier this week by Kass Naidoo from Radio 2000, where she asked, amongst other things, about his relationship with American doubles partner Rajeev Ram? Raven had the following to say,
"It's going very well. Beating a team like the Bryan brothers who are most likely the best team of all time in a team match like Wimbledon is definitely something special. They've achieved so much and they're the measuring stick for us in doubles. Rajeev and I are figuring each other out. We've been playing together for just over a year now, and there have been some rough patches and some really good stuff. Hopefully we can build on this momentum and make a big push to finish this year strong."
Asked what breaking into the top 10 means for him:
"Firstly I need to readjust my goals. It was a goal of mine at the start of the season to break into the top 10. So that for me personally is something I'm really proud of. Being able to look at your ranking and know that for the rest of your life no one can take that away from you. But as this game is, you're always looking for that extra bit more, and so until I have a number 1 next to my name I most likely won't be fully happy, but this morning when I woke up I was quite proud of what I had achieved."
Raven went straight from Wimbledon to join the South African Davis Cup Team in Lithuania where he will be a key factor in South Africa's Euro-Africa Group Two tie against Lithuania at the end of the week. The other members of the South African Davis Cup team are Lloyd Harris, Tucker Vorster, and Ruan Roelofse.
You don't achieve results like Raven has without hard work, dedication and a disciplined determination to make it to number one.
"I feel I'm more at ease with my game, and understand what I have to do to reproduce these results."
You can listen to the full interview below