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Rohan Bopanna-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan save three match points, reach semis

Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan were under pressure but held nerves to pull off a 6-2 3-6 12-10 win over James Cerretani and Philipp Oswald.

Rohan Bopanna, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Bopanna, Jeevan, Chennai Open 2017, Chennai Open, Chennai Open semifinal, tennis news, Tennis Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan were trailing 5-7 when Bopanna hit a stunning backhand winner.

In a thrilling finish, Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan saved three match points in the Super Tie breaker to book a semifinal berth in the ATP Chennai Open.

Bopanna and left-handed Nedunchezhiyan were under pressure in the Super tie-breaker but held nerves to pull off a 6-2 3-6 12-10 win over James Cerretani and Philipp Oswald.

After splitting two sets with the giant-killing Austrian-American pair, the Indians were trailing 5-7 when Bopanna hit a stunning backhand winner.

They saved three match points and at 10-10 Bopanna again came up with a backhand winner that allowed Nedunchezhiyan to serve out the match.

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The diminutive local boy responded with a big second serve, setting up the finish nicely.

On a day when India’s singles challenge ended with the defeat of Yuki Bhambri, another Indian pair made the semifinals.

Divij Sharan and Purav Raja pipped Jurgen Melzer and Renzo Olivo 6-4 7-5 in a tough quarterfinal.

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Now two Indian teams in each half of the draw will play semifinals, raising hopes of an all-Indian final for the first time in the history of the tournament.

First published on: 06-01-2017 at 10:48:24 am
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