London: Teaming up for the first-time on the ATP Tour, India’s RohanBopanna and RamkumarRamanathan won the Adelaide International doubles trophy with a hard-fought 7-6 (6) 6-1 win over top seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo here on Sunday. Bopanna’s excellent service returns at crucial times and Ramkumar’s all-round game tilted the match in their favour. In the one hour and 21 minutes contest, the Indians saved all the four break points they faced and broke their rivals twice.
It was Bopanna’s 20th ATP doubles title and first for Ramkumar, who was playing only in his second summit clash at this level, having ended a runner-up at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2018.“When Ramkumar is serving by your side, you can finish the point early, so that was an advantage,” said Bopanna.
Asked how different it was playing with Ramkumar than another compatriot and left-handed DivijSharan, Bopanan said, “With Divij, we had to create a point, ensure that first volley opportunity is taken while with Ram, the point can be finished early.