Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes and Australian partner Matthew Ebden will take on the local duo Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan in what promises to be a tantalising final at the Bengaluru Tennis Open 2020.
Paes and Ebden beat Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in the first semi-final on Friday, while Raja and Ramanathan qualified for the final after Saketh Myneni and Matt Reid retired injured in the second semi-final.
Leander Paes, Matthew Ebden cement spot in final
Leander Paes and Matthew Ebden made the perfect start after breaking Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski in the very first game of the match.
Both Leander Paes and Matthew Ebden then ensured that they consolidated their serves for the remainder of the opening set to win it 6-4 much to the delight of the home faithful.
However, it wasn’t as straightforward for the Indo-Australian duo in the second set. Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski looked to fight back and broke Matthew Ebden’s serve in the fourth game of the second set.
Like Leander Paes and Matthew Ebden in the opening set, Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski maintained their focus for the remainder of the second set and consolidated all their serves to win it 6-3 and take the match into a tie-break.
Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski got the early mini-break, but Paes-Ebden rallied back courtesy a couple of decisive volleyed winners from the net by the Indian tennis legend.
A tremendous backhand winner by Leander Paes gave him and Matthew Ebden a 6-5 advantage in the tie break. They eventually closed out the tie break on the back of two brilliant serves by Leander Paes to win it 10-7 and book their berth in the Bengaluru Tennis Open final.
Raja, Ramanathan set up final duel with Paes
The second semi-final in the doubles witnessed Saketh Myneni and Matt Reid taking on fourth seeds Indian tennis pairing of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan.
The opening game saw Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan break serve but Saketh Myneni and Matt Reid broke back in the fourth game to ensure the fourth seeds didn’t run away with the match.
That said, Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan broke Saketh Myneni and Matt Reid at a pivotal juncture while leading 6-5 to take the opening set 7-5.
The second set saw Matt Reid succumb to injury in its opening game. The Australian received treatment during a medical timeout but wasn’t fit enough to continue, leading to Saketh Myneni and Matt Reid retiring and Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan advancing to the Bengaluru Tennis Open final.
Elsewhere, another Indian tennis player suffered due to bad injury luck after Ankita Raina and Rosalie van der Hoek had to retire injured during their semi-final match at the WTA Challenger at Hua-Hin, Thailand.
Where to watch the Bengaluru Tennis Open
The Bengaluru Tennis Open is being held at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association and since it’s a part of the ATP’s Challenger Tour, the tournament will be streamed live on the ATP website.