Goransson/Rungkat Capture Maiden Team Title In Pune
Unseeded team clinches trophy in Match Tie-break
Andre Goransson and Christopher Rungkat completed their first appearances at the Tata Open Maharashtra in style on Sunday, beating third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to lift their maiden ATP Tour title as a team in Pune.
The unseeded pairing saved six of seven break points in a tense championship match, with Rungkat firing a forehand return winner to clinch the trophy after 71 minutes. Goransson and Rungkat were making their fifth appearance as a team, with a runner-up finish at the 2019 Hyogo Noah Challenger in Kobe marking their previous best result.
”We felt very happy as you could see at the end of the match. I couldn’t believe it, but it happened,” said Rungkat.
The Swedish-Indonesian tandem defeated two seeded pairings en route to the title. Alongside their final win against Erlich and Vasilevski, Goransson and Rungkat recovered from a set down to overcome fourth seeds Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Denys Molchanov in the first round.
“Both of us felt pretty great. This year, we started off in LA last week and played well. We came here and had a very tight first-round match. After that, we just felt great [during the] tournament,” said Rungkat.
Erlich and Vasilevski were also bidding to capture their first team title, following a runner-up finish on their team debut at last month’s Apis Canberra International (Bendigo), an ATP Challenger Tour event. Erlich drops to 21-21 in tour-level doubles finals. Vasilevski was aiming to lift his first ATP Tour trophy after falling in his only previous final appearance at the Generali Open in 2017 (w/Podlipnik-Castillo).
Goransson and Rungkat gain 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and split $30,900 in prize money. Erlich and Vasilevski receive 150 points and share $15,840.
"It was a good choice [to play together]. We were deciding whether we were going to come here or not. We were in LA and we don’t regret making the choice [we did]. It feels amazing," said Goransson.