Chennai Open 2017: Bopanna-Jeevan reach semis

Chennai, PTI | Updated : 05 January 2017, 11:23 PM

In a thrilling finish, Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan saved three match points in the Super Tie breaker to book a semifinal berth in the ATP Chennai Open on Thursday.

Bopanna and left-handed Nedunchezhiyan were under pressure in the Super tie-breaker but held nerves to pull off a 6-2 3-6 12-10 win over James Cerretani and Philipp Oswald.

After splitting two sets with the giant-killing Austrian-American pair, the Indians were trailing 5-7 when Bopanna hit a stunning backhand winner.

They saved three match points and at 10-10 Bopanna again came up with a backhand winner that allowed Nedunchezhiyan to serve out the match.

The diminutive local boy responded with a big second serve, setting up the finish nicely. On a day when India’s singles challenge ended with the defeat of Yuki Bhambri, another Indian pair made the semifinals.

Divij Sharan and Purav Raja pipped Jurgen Melzer and Renzo Olivo 6-4 7-5 in a tough quarterfinal.

Now two Indian teams in each half of the draw will play semifinals, raising hopes of an all-Indian final for the first time in the history of the tournament

First Published: Thursday, January 05, 2017 11:19 PM

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