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Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan celebrate winning the title in Pune on Sunday.

Bopanna/Ramanathan Delight Home Fans With Pune Title

Indian pairing seals consecutive ATP Tour titles.

Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan handled the pressure on Sunday as they clinched the Tata Open Maharashtra title in Pune.

The second seeds, playing to maintain an unbeaten record in 2022, held their nerve to defeat top-seeded Australians Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith 6-7(10), 6-3, 10-6.

It is the second time Bopanna and Ramanathan has triumphed this year, having also lifted the trophy at the Adelaide International 1 in January (d. Dodig/Melo). Their only match together prior to this season had been a Davis Cup defeat against Finland in 2021, but the pairing now holds an 8-0 match record in 2022.

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They were made to work for their victory in Pune. Saville and Smith, also playing their first ATP Tour final as a team, edged the first set tiebreak and performed strongly overall on serve. The Australians landed 79 per cent of their first serves and won 80 per cent (48/60) of points behind first delivery.

Bopanna and Ramanathan still managed to break twice in the second set to level, however, forcing a Match Tie-break that began tensely. It was the Indian pairing that cut loose at 4/4, embracing the home support to reel off five points in a row before sealing victory with their fourth match point after a tight one hour, 46-minute encounter.

It is the second time Bopanna has lifted the trophy in Pune, having also won in 2019 with Divij Sharan.  He has now won 21 titles at this level. It is Ramanathan’s second career title after the pairing’s Adelaide victory.