Erlich, 42, Partners Vasilevski To Pune Doubles Final
Jonathan Erlich won his first ATP Tour title nearly 20 years ago in Newport. Now 42, the Israeli is one victory away from lifting a tour-level trophy in three different decades.
Erlich and his partner, Belarusian Andrei Vasilevski, defeated Indians Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune.
Erlich and Vasilevski won 87 per cent of their first-serve points and they were only broken once, earning a chance to play for the title after one hour and 24 minutes. The third seeds will face Swede Andre Goransson and Indonesian Christopher Rungkat for the trophy.
Dominic Inglot and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi ousted fourth seeds Jamie Murray 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-5 to reach the championship match of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. They will play for their first trophy as a team against Nikola Cacic and Mate Pavic, who upset top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Nicolas Mahut in the second round.
Third seeds Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop defeated Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-4, 6-3 in 70 minutes to reach the Cordoba Open final. They will face home favourites Leonardo Mayer and Andres Molteni, the fourth seeds, for the title on Sunday.
The Brazilian-Dutch team arrived in Argentina winless in three matches this season. But they enjoyed plenty of success together last year, triumphing in Moscow and reaching the Zhuhai final.