Rohan Bopanna becomes oldest to win an ATP 1000 title : Weekly round-up for the week starting March 13

ATP/WTA tour

Rohan Bopanna and Mathew Ebden continued their superb run of later and capped it with their first Masters 1000 title together. Their run included beating defending champions John Isner and Jack Sock in the semi final and top seeded and world’s top ranked pair of Wesely Koolhof and Neil Skupski in the final.

This was Rohan’s 24th ATP title for Rohan and 5th Masters 1000 title.

At 43, Rohan also became the oldest player to win an ATP masters 1000 title.

These are their results this week.

At ATP Masters 1000, Indian Wells, California, USA

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d. Rafael Matos (BRA) / David Vega Harnandez (ESP) 75 36 10-6

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d. Grigor Dimotrov (BUL) / Hubert Hurkacz (POL) walkover

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) / Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 64 75

[SF] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d. John Isner (USA) / Jack Sock (USA) 76(6) 76(2)

 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d (1) Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Neil Skupski (GBR) 6-3 2-6 10-8

ATP Challenger Tour

Ramkumar Ramanathan played singles qualifying and doubles along with Aisam Ul-Haq-Qureshi at challenger 50 tournament in Hungary on indoor clay courts, Also Divij Sharan and Purav Raja played doubles here. But, Ramkumar bowed out in first round of singles qualifying and in doubles our pairings lost in QF and SF respectively after getting a first round bye,

[QF] (3) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. (Alt) Rimpei Kawakami (JPN)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH), 36 63 [10-8]
[QF] (1) Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Sarp Agabigun (TUR)/ Ergi Kirkin (TUR), 67(4) 36

[SF] (3) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l. Bogdan Bobrov (RUS) / Sergey Fomin (UZB) 67(3) 36

ITF Tour

4 weeks of ITF circuit began in India this week with a M25 in New Delhi. It was quite a tough field with only 2 Indians being seeded – Sasi Kumar Mukund and Siddharth Rawat. Both of them lost in second round but other 2 Indians- Siddharth Vishwakarma and Niki Poonacha reached QF. And Niki went on to reach SF.

[R2] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,916) l. (1) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,300) 36 46
[R2] (WC) Rohan Mehra (IND,1857) l. (6) Eric Vanshelboim (UKR,515) 26 04 retd.
[R2] (WC) Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND,1005) d. Blake Ellis (AUS,605) 63 36 63
[R2] (8) Siddharth Rawat (IND,557) l. Takahashi Yusuke (JPN,690) 57 36
[R2] Niki Kalyandi Poonacha (IND,711) d. (5) Arthur Weber (FRA,504) 36 63 75
[R2] Karan Singh (IND,909) l. Jacob Bradshaw (AUS,912) 76(10) 26 16

[QF] (WC) Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND,1005) l. (Q) Yunseok Jang (KOR,1006), 62 63
[QF] Niki Kalyandi Poonacha (IND,711) d. Jacob Bradshaw (AUS,912), 61 76(5)

[SF] Niki Kalyandi Poonacha (IND,711) l. Yusuke Takahashi (JPN,690) 36 26

In Tunisia M15, SD Prajwal Dev reached the SF.

[R1] (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND,726) d. Ivan Kazakov (RUS, NR) 61 62
[R2] (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND,726) d. Alexander Chepik (RUS, 1504) 61 62
QF (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND,726) d. Filip Apltauer (CZE, NR) 76 46 63
SF (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND.726) l. (6) Hazem Naw (SYR,775)

ITF Juniors

This week in high level J300 tournament in Sarawak, Malaysia we had a terrific run by 2 Indian boys – Yuvan Nandal and Aryan Shah. There were seeded 5th and 3rd respectively. But, they did better than ranking and made it to the first all Indian final at this level in a long time.

And in the final, Yuvan Nandal beat Aryan in straight sets to become the first Indian boy to win a title of this level since Sumit Nagal in 2015.

With that title, Yuvan will enter top 40 and with runner up finish, Aryan will enter top 50.

Yuvan with a title in Malaysia J300
Aryan runner up in Malaysia J300

Both are now assured of making the main draw of all the junior grand slams for the rest of the year.

In the meantime, in India , 13 year old Vihaan Reddy continued his impressive run winning the title again this time without dropping a set. Vihaan was unranked last week but he will be around top-800 in the world  now and in the Indian top-25 junior rankings on Monday. The youngest in that list with everybody else but Manas being 2 to 4 years older.

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