Divij Sharan aces tiebreakers to reach Chile Open quarters

The pair of Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak hasn’t lost a round of 16 match since their Tata Open Maharashtra clash in early February.

By Subhayan Dutta ·

Indian tennis doubles ace Divij Sharan and his New Zealand partner Artem Sitak kickstarted their clay season with a straight-set 7(7)-6(5), 7(7)-6(2) win over Brazil’s Fernando Romboli and Thiago Monteiro and moved into the quarter-final of the ATP Chile Open on Tuesday.

The red clay court in Santiago saw the Indian tennis player and his Kiwi partner taking both the sets down to the wire before emerging victorious in the tiebreakers.

Indian tennis singles ace Sumit Nagal, however, had a bad day in office as he was defeated 1-6, 6-2, 3-6 by Frenchman Hugo Grenier in the ATP Pau Challenger.

Divij Sharan forced to dig deep for a win

The pair of Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak hasn’t lost a round of 16 match since their Tata Open Maharashtra exit in early February, where they were ousted by Leander Paes and Matthew Ebden, and they carried the streak on Tuesday in the Chile Open.

The Indo-Kiwi duo seemed shaky early on in the first set as the Brazilians came close to breaking the pair in the first and the third game. However, Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak saved two break points each on both the occasions to hold on to their serves.

Sharan-Sitak, however, didn’t show any sign of nerves in the tiebreaker as the South American pair was broken in the second and the seventh serve with the Indo-Kiwi duo leading 5-2 midway. Though Sharan-Sitak was finally broken in the ninth serve, they eventually sealed the tiebreaker 7-5.

India's Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak of New Zealand kickstarted their clay season with a straight-sets win over Brazil’s Fernando Romboli and Thiago Monteiro.

The second set saw Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak on the verge of getting broken yet again, in the eighth and 11th game this time. However, they saved four break points to take the set into tiebreakers.

Sharan and Sitak were more dominant in the tiebreakers though where they didn’t get broken even once. Romboli-Monteiro were broken four times, on the other hand, as the Indo-Kiwi duo won the set 7-2 to seal the match 7(7)-6(5), 7(7)-6(2) in one hour forty minutes.

Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak will next be facing Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Roberto Carballés Baena in the quarter-final of the ATP 250 event.

Sumit Nagal ousted in Pau Challenger

Indian tennis’ highest-ranked singles player Sumit Nagal couldn’t progress into the round of the 16 of the ATP Challenger Tour in Pau, France. The world no. 126 went down 1-6, 6-2, 3-6 to a lower-ranked Hugo Grenier of France.

This was Sumit Nagal’s first tournament since his round of 16 exit from the Bengaluru Tennis Open earlier this month, where he was beaten in straight sets by Slovenia’s Blaž Rola.

Where to watch the Chile Open

While there’s no television broadcast of the Chile Open in India, the event will be streamed live on the Tennis TV website from February 24 to March 1.