Bopanna-Cuevas pair wins doubles title in Vienna

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won the doubles title in the €2,621,850 Erste Bank Open in Austria on Sunday.

Bopanna and partner saved two matchpoints at 7-9 in the super tie-break to beat Marcelo Demoliner and Sam Querrey 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 11-9 in a thriller of a final.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won the doubles title in the €2,621,850 Erste Bank Open in Austria on Sunday.

Bopanna and partner saved two matchpoints at 7-9 in the super tie-break to beat Marcelo Demoliner and Sam Querrey 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 11-9 in a thriller of a final. In a classic that lasted an hour and 46 minutes, both the teams did not drop serve.

“(It is) absolutely brilliant. It is the first year when I have won an ATP 250, 500, 1000 titles. I have made all the three finals before. It is really nice to play with Pablo,’’ Bopanna, who saved the first match point with a volley, was quoted by the ATP.

It was the third Tour title of the season for the 37-year-old Bopanna, ranked 17 in the world, and second with Cuevas following the one in Monte Carlo. He had started the season by winning the Chennai Open title with compatriot Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. Bopanna has 17 doubles titles so far.

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The ATP title was worth 500 ATP points and €132,030 for the Indo-Uruguayan pair, which had beaten the top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the quarterfinals.

The runner-up collected 300 ATP points and € 64,640. In the € 106,000 Challenger in France, Divij Sharan in partnership

with Scott Clayton of Britain was beaten in the doubles final by Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic 6-4, 7-5.

There was, however, another doubles title for the Indian camp, as Saketh Myneni in partnership with Vijay Sundar Prashanth beat the Japanese pair of Ben Mclachlan and Go Soeda in two tie-breaks in the final of the $50,000 Challenger in Vietnam. It was the sixth Challenger doubles title for the 30-year-old Saketh. It was his maiden Challenger doubles title for Prashanth, who had made the Bastad Challenger final in July with Sriram Balaji.

The results

€ 2,621,850 ATP, Vienna, Austria

Doubles (final): Pablo Cuevas (Uru) and Rohan Bopanna bt Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) and Sam Querrey (US) 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 11-9; Semifinals: Pablo Cuevas and Rohan Bopanna bt Karen Khachanov (Rus) and Lucas Pouille (Fra) 7-6(2), 6-4.

€ 106,000 Challenger men, Brest, France

Doubles (final): Sander Arends (Ned) and Antonio Sancic (Cro) bt Scott Clayton (GBR) & Divij Sharan 6-4, 7-5.

$50,000 Challenger men, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Doubles (final): Saketh Myneni and Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Ben Mclachlan & Go Soeda (Jpn) 7-6(3), 7-6(5).