Another ATP title in 2017 for Rohan Bopanna
Rohan Bopanna, arguably one of India’s most Tennis players, has been making waves for quite some time now. Yesterday, in what was a significant day for Indian tennis, Rohan Bopanna clinched the Erste Bank Vienna Open 2017 title with Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas. This is the second major ATP title of the year for the par who had won the Monte Carlo Master back in April this year.
Perhaps more than the title itself, the method of the win was the more important factor which made the victory even sweeter. The defeated the multinational pair of USA’s Sam Querrey and Brazil’s Marcelo Demoliner. Here, it is worth noting that the duo of Bopanna and Cuevas were unseeded in the tournament. The final score read 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 11-9.
Despite that, the Indian and his partner put up a great fight. This is exemplified in the fact that they were actually down in the deciding set which would have cost them the title. Instead, they saved two consecutive match points to ultimately prevail in the match.
This is the third major ATP title of the year for Rohan Bopanna and his 2nd with Pablo Cuevas. In January, he won the Chennai Open with a fellow Indian partner, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.
Two other pairs with an Indian connection also ended up winning titles in what was otherwise a good day in Indian sport.
Vietnam, the unseeded and all Indian pair of Saketh Myneni and Vijay Prashanth defeated the Japanese combination of Go Soeda and Ben Mclachlan 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in the $50,000 ATP event.
Saketh Myneni has missed most part of the season due to injuries Consequently, he has slipped to a ranking of 724 in singles.This win was, therefore, quite an important one for the Indian.
Divij Sharan and his British national Scott Clayton finished runners-up at the Brest Challenger final after a 4-6, 5-7 defeat against the duo Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic.
This was Sharan’s second consecutive final which came after his win at the European Open (ATP 250 event) with partner Scott Lipsky just last week.
It was an overall good weekend for Indian Tennis.