Somdev Devvarman and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan kept India’s title hopes alive in the doubles as they set up a final clash with the Aussie duo of James Duckworth and Luke Saville in the USD 50,000 Kolkata Open, an ATP Challenger event, today.
Having made a round one exit, the India no. 1 singles player who played the doubles on request of his friend Jeevan gave India something to look forward to when the duo survived a scare before pipping Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 7-6(9) 7-6(5) 11-9 in a battle that went to the wire.
The Australian duo of Duckworth and Saville on the other hand breezed past Ti Chen and Enrique Lopez Perez, the second seed 6-2 6-4 in the other semifinal.
In the singles, Duckworth justified his top billing by sailing past Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium to set up a summit clash with Moldova’s Radu Albot as the Aussie kept himself in line for a double.
The 23-year-old top seed had some early hiccups when he committed three double faults to concede the first set but was back in his sublime form to seal a final berth with a 2-6 6-3 6-1 win over the third seed in just one hour and 40 minutes.
In the second set the left-handed Belgian was 2-0 up as Duckworth bounced back to win four straight games to turn the scorecard to 4-2 before making it level.
Dishing out an error-free display, Duckworth was full of confidence in the decider as he comfortably broke Bemelmans thrice and securing a final berth in one hour and and 39 minutes.
The second semifinal also went into the decider with Ti Chen levelling it in the second set but the sixth seed from Maldova held his nerve for a 6-4 2-6 6-2 win in two hour and 19 minutes.