Brilliant Bopanna-Jeevan claim maiden Chennai Open title

Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan defeated Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-3,6-4 in a historic men's doubles final at the Chennai Open.

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It was the first time that we saw an all-Indian final at the Chennai Open as Rohan Bopanna-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan took on Purav Raja-Divij Sharan.

This was also only the second tournament that Bopanna-Jeevan were playing together but the way they were communicating on Sunday evening one wouldn't know that.

The match started with Bopanna and Jeevan taking an early lead in the opening set but Sharan and Raja fought back to level the scores at 3-3. Local boy Jeevan hit back hard though, displaying his strong service game to put his team into the lead again. They didn't let up on the momentum and the duo took the set 6-3.

In the second set, Raja and Sharan returned with a vengeance to win two games but they were unable to capitalise on the many chances that they got. Bopanna and Jeevan clawed their way back up to lead the set 4-2. Raja and Sharan managed to bring the scores to a competitive 5-4, however, Bopanna and his booming serves finished the match off.

"It's a big step forward for Indian tennis. Who knows if it inspires a kid to pick up racquet. It's a huge win for Indian tennis," Bopanna said after the win.

Raja and Sharan had a brilliant run in the tournament but unfortunately could not replicate their straight-set wins from before.

Be that as it may, Raja was exceptional at the net and won some good points to the delight of the crowd.

"They are not someone who give easy points. We were able to communicate better during change-overs to counter their formation. Rohan kept going for his big returns. It's a great start for me to the season," a jubilant Jeevan said.

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