Pune, January 1: Top-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered a dominating first round win on Day Two of Tata Open Maharashtra here at Mahalunge Balewadi Tennis Stadium on Tuesday.
The Indian pair outclassed Radu Albot-Malek Jaziri pair 6-1, 6-2 to live up to their top billing at India’s only ATP World Tour event.
Playing on Court 1, the Asian Games gold-medal winning duo took less than an hour to move to the second round dispatching the Moldova-Tunisian pair. They will meet the winner of L Paes/ M. Reyes-Varela vs D. Marrero/ H. Podlipnik-Castillo.
Meanwhile, India’s Saketh Myneni, who entered the main draw after two gruelling qualifying matches, withdrew due to a foot injury. Thiago Monteiro came in his place a lucky loser to face France’s Benoit Paire. The fifth-seeded Frenchman got the better of Monteiro in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-3 with 18 aces.
In the first match at the centre court, Ivo Karlovic got the better of Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5. The match between one of the youngest players and the oldest at the event lasted for an hour and 14 minutes where the 39-year old Croatian hit 13 aces enroute the straight sets win over the 18-year old qualifier from Canada.
Karlovic broke Auger-Aliassime in the fifth game and held on to his serve to lead 4-2 and eventually won the first set 6-4. Auger-Aliassime put up a stronger show in the second but Karlovic broke him in the 11th game and dished out three aces in the final game to seal the second set 7-5 and the match.
Men’s Singles – 1st Round
(Q) S Bolelli d D Istomin 6-4, 6-4
I Ivashka d H Hurkacz 6-7 (9), 6-2, 603
I Karlovic d (Q) F Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5
(5) B Paire d (L) T Monteiro 7-6(5), 6-3
J Vesely d (Q) A Hoang 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Men’s Doubles – 1st Round
D Molchanov/ Zelenay d P andujar/ R Carballes Baena 6-1,6-4
(1) R Bopanna/ D Sharan d R Albot/ M Jaziri 6-1, 6-2
Source: Press Release