Indian Success: Sharan/Bopanna Claim Title On Team Debut In Pune
Top seeds triumph in straight sets
The home favourites, who battled through two marathon Match Tie-breaks to reach the final, overcame Luke Bambridge and Jonny O'Mara 6-3, 6-4 to lift the trophy in Pune. Bopanna and Sharan won 72 per cent of service points (38/53) and converted three of four break points to earn victory in 63 minutes.
Now a two-time champion at the event, Bopanna improves to 17-9 at his home tournament after lifting his 18th tour-level trophy. Bopanna also triumphed in 2017 alongside Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, beating Sharan and Purav Raja in the final.
"Playing at home gave us a big advantage, there is a lot of crowd support," said Bopanna. "That makes a difference, for sure."
Sharan has now won four trophies from five tour-level doubles finals. The 32-year-old's last crown came at the 2017 European Open (w/Lipsky).
"It is obviously great [to win the title]," said Sharan. "It is my first ATP Tour title in India... this gives us a lot of confidence going into the season."
Bambridge and O'Mara were bidding to extend their 2-0 unbeaten record in championship matches at tour-level. The British duo, which also lifted its maiden tour-level title in its team debut week, captured trophies in Eastbourne and Stockholm last year.
Bopanna and Sharan receive 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split $29,860 in prize money for claiming the title. Bambridge and O'Mara gain 150 points and share $15,300.
Did You Know?
Bopanna and Sharan overcame Leander Paes and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 17-15 in a Match Tie-break to reach the semi-finals, before edging Simone Bolelli and Ivan Dodig 15-13 to advance to the championship match.