Maharashtra Open Final Results and other highlights:
- Anderson defeated Ivo Karlovic in three sets 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in the men’s singles final
- Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s doubles final
- Both the winners were also the top-seeded players at the event
India and Asia’s only ATP 250 Masters tournament came to an end in Pune with the top seeds living up to the high billing granted to them for the event. Kevin Anderson pulled through in a monster three setter final to eclipse Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 to lift the men’s singles trophy, in a match that saw 57 aces being hit between the pair. Elsewhere in the men’s doubles final, Indian pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan ousted the British duo of Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara in straight sets, winning a lopsided summit clash 6-3, 6-4 to win the title in front of a boisterous home crowd.
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One of the most legendary men’s singles final to be ever witnessed in the Maharashtra Tata Open went all the way down to the wire in an edge of the seat thrilling clash. It was a match that saw two of the finest players in the tournament taking on each other to etch their name on the coveted trophy and take home with them the top laurels from the open.
The match was a topsy-turvy affair, a cliff-hanger that saw neither give anything away. With the tournament’s top ace server at 88 in 4 matches prior to the pivotal match playing in the final, aces were promised. Karlovic delivered a total of 36 matches but he was evenly matched by Anderson who negated that part of Karlovic’s game with his own staggering 21 aces.
The two hours and 44-minute encounter saw Anderson take a closely contested first set 7-6 after his opponent served a double fault to hand over the set to Anderson who was guilty of repeating the same error just a point earlier. However, his three consecutive set points earned just prior to that were enough to see him take the opener.
Karlovic made up for his mistake in the second set which was played out on the same tones as the first. Flinched by the first set which had visibly drained both players, the two continued going at loggerheads, answering the other’s shots with vigour as a tie-breaker was needed to decide the set.
The second set was locked at 4-4 when Anderson broke Karlovic’s serve, hitting a backhand passing winner to earn three break points. Karlovic saved the first with an ace, second with the help of net-chord with Anderson eventually making an error, misting his backhand to see come back in the set.
Anderson again created a break opportunity by hitting a forehand winner at 30-30 but Karlovic denied him the break, coming up with his 20th ace of the match to the take the match into the tiebreaker. Karlovic finally saw the set go his way after Anderson hit a forehand out of the court and followed it up with a double fault to let Karlovic pull away to a 5-1 lead and make it one set all.
The third set was no different with Karlovic once again saving Anderson’s two match points in the 12th game to take the set into another tie-breaker. Making the most of his advantage, Karlovic led 5-2 at a point in the tie-breaker but eventually ended up faltering under pressure to lose two serves at 5-4 to hand over the trophy to Anderson.
Maharashtra Open Final Results: Men’s Doubles
Meanwhile, the men’s doubles’ win too was good news for the country with Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan reigning winners in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 against the British duo of Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium. The British pairing, who wasn’t in its element, gave away the best chance they had of igniting a fight back when in the 7th game they had a chance to break but failed to convert it. From there on, the Indians took the set 6-3 and the same story continued in the second which they went onto win 6-4, to win a one-sided final.
Bopanna-Divij had defeated Paes-Reyes Varela in a draining marathon quarter-final before going onto save two match points to beat the pair of Dodig-Bolelli in the semi-final.