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Eastbourne 2017: Rohan Bopanna and Andre Sa reach final

A tightly-contested match tie-break ensued where Bopanna and Sa held their nerves for the narrow victory
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Modified 30 Jun 2017, 19:54 IST
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Less than a month after winning the French Open mixed doubles title, Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna has reached yet another final - this time on the grasscourts at the Aegon International in Eastbourne on Friday.

The Indo-Brazilian pair had to battle hard for the 7-6(4), 3-6, 11-9 win over fellow unseeded team of Dominic Inglot and Robin Haase in the semi-finals that lasted 1 hour 14 minutes.

The final too will be played later on Friday where they will face the top seeds and legends Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. The American twins needed 1 hour 12 minutes to dismiss the challenge of the German-Argentine duo of Andre Begemann and Andres Molteni, 7-6(1), 6-4.

Bopanna and Sa thundered seven aces and converted three out of their four break point opportunities during the semi-final match. The first set saw some strong serves from both the teams where none even faced a break point.

The set headed to a tie-break where the Indo-Brazilian pair played some smart tennis to pocket the opening set.

Haase and Inglot came roaring back in the second set as their opponents struggled. With a solitary break of serve, they surged to a 4-1 lead and then wrapped up the set, 6-3 to force a decider.

A tightly-contested match tie-break ensued where Bopanna and Sa held their nerves for the narrow victory.

Bopanna has been able to make a good transition from clay to grass. Last week, he reached the semi-finals of the Queen’s Club in partnership with Ivan Dodig. On their way to the last-four, they even ousted the world’s top-ranked pair of Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Djokovic aiming for the singles title

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In singles, Novak Djokovic is hoping to put behind him his continuous setbacks as he prepares for a fourth Wimbledon crown. The World No. 4, who is making an exception this year and playing a grasscourt warm-up event, has reached the semi-finals of Eastbourne.

He will take on 52nd ranked Russian rising star Daniil Medvedev for a place in the final.

In the other half of the draw, it is an all-French semi-final between Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils.

On the women’s side, the title showdown is between the World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and the sixth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

Also Read: India at Wimbledon 2017: Analysis of the draw

Published 30 Jun 2017, 19:45 IST
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