Adelaide: India men’s doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan defeated top-seeded Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo to win the Adelaide International tournament on Sunday.
The Indian pair defeated Dodig and Melo in straight sets to win the tournament. Bopanna and Ramanathan defeated Dodig and Melo 7-6, 6-1 here at the Centre Court.
The first set was closely contested and Bopanna and Ramanathan had to dig deep to find the best in themselves. In the end, the Indian duo stuck it out and registered a thrilling 7-6 win in the first set.
Bopanna and Ramanathan continued with their momentum, and the duo breezed to a easy win in the second set, winning the tournament in some style.
In the one hour and 21 minutes contest, the Indians saved all the four break points they faced and broke their rivals twice.
It was Bopanna’s 20th ATP doubles title and first for Ramkumar, who was playing only in his second summit clash at this level, having ended a runner-up at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2018.
“When Ramkumar is serving by your side, you can finish the point early, so that was an advantage,” said Bopanna.
Asked how different it was playing with Ramkumar than another compatriot and left-handed Divij Sharan, Bopanan said, “With Divij, we had to create a point, ensure that first volley opportunity is taken while with Ram, the point can be finished early.
“I am surprised not many Indians entered this event. If anyone had landed here, would have entered the field since not many players were there.”
Bopanna and Ramkumar will split USD 18700 as prize money and earned 250 ranking points each.
Earlier, Bopanna and Ramanathan had outclassed fourth seeds Tomislav Brkic and Santiago Gonzalez in straight sets to reach the final of the competition.
The unseeded Indian duo defeated the Bosnian-Mexican duo 6-2 6-4 in the doubles semifinals.
With ANI, PTI Inputs.