Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6(6), 6-1 to win the Adelaide International final in straight sets.
The Indian duo of Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan clinced the doubles title at the Adelaide International on Sunday (January 9).
Bopanna and Ramanathan beat top-seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 7-6(6), 6-1 to win the final in straight sets.
It concluded a dream run for the unseeded pair, who were playing together for the first time. And what a way it was to start their partnership!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) January 9, 2022
What’s more, Bopanna achieved this triumph over someone whom he’s often partnered with in Dodig. The two even played together in the 2021 US Open, where they were eliminated in the third round.
The Indian duo won all but one of their matches in straight sets in the ATP 250 tournament. This event serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open, scheduled to start in about a week’s time.
What’s more, Ramanathan will have to shift his focus quickly. He will be part of the Australian Open qualifiers beginning Monday (January 10) and will be keen to make it to the main draw.
Still, that takes little away from what was a very good title win for the Indian pair. And if they choose to carry on with this in the upcoming season, Indian tennis might just have a few more titles to look forward to.
The two made a perfect start to the event, beating unseeded duo of Jamie Cerrtani and Fernando Romboli in straight sets.
But they were subjected to a massive test of resolve in the following round. They faced the all-American pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow and the match went to a third and final set.
However, that did not deter them and they booked their spot in the quarters. There they eased past the duo of Benjamin Bonzi and Hugo Nys in straight sets.
The good showing continued in the semi-finals. There they beat Tomislav Brkic and Santiago Gonzalez, again in straight sets.
Thus they had momentum aplenty coming into the final. But here they would be facing the top seeded duo in the event.
Not that it mattered too much in the end though; Bopanna and Ramanathan once again recorded a dominant straight sets win to seal the title.
This was Bopanna’s 20th career title, but the first of Ramanathan’s career up until this point.