Top-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered a stunning first-round win on Day 2 of Tata Open Maharashtra at Mahalunge Balewadi Tennis Stadium, Pune on Tuesday.
The Indian pair outclassed Radu Albot-Malek Jaziri pair 6-1, 6-2 in just over 50 minutes, without losing their serve even once and they lived up to their top billing at India’s only ATP World Tour event.
Playing on Court 1, the Asian Games gold-medal winning duo took less than an hour to move to the second round dispatching the Moldova-Tunisian pair. The all-Indian pair will now take on Indian veteran Leander Paes and his Mexican partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in the next round.
Indian Players were on ? as it turned out to be a thrilling Day 2⃣ at #TOM2019! ????
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The quarter-final clash between the veterans of Indian doubles will be a big-ticket match on Thursday.
Saketh Myneni entered the main draw
Meanwhile, India’s Saketh Myneni, who entered the main draw after two gruelling qualifying matches, withdrew due to a foot injury. Thiago Monteiro came in his place a lucky loser to face France’s Benoit Paire. The fifth-seeded Frenchman got the better of Monteiro in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-3 with 18 aces.
The only other Indian pair in doubles are wildcard entrants Arjun Kadhe and N Sriram Balaji, who will play Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara, who beat Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja in the first round.
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In the first match at the centre court, Ivo Karlovic got the better of Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5. The game between one of the youngest players and the eldest players at the event lasted for around 74 minutes where the 39-year old Croatian hit 13 aces en route the straight sets win over the 18-year old qualifier from Canada.
Karlovic broke Auger-Aliassime in the fifth match and held on to his serve to lead 4-2 and eventually won the first set 6-4. Auger-Aliassime put up a solid show in the second set but Karlovic broke him in the 11th game and dished out three aces in the final game to seal the second set 7-5 and the match.
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