Bopanna ends Paes’ campaign early

SPORTS REPORTER
Wednesday, 3 January 2018

“The key was to attack Paes and Purav’s playing hand. We wanted to keep the pressure on them right from the start,” said Bopanna

PUNE: Defending champions Rohan Bopanna and  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan played to the plan and packed off Leander Paes and Purav Raja 6-3, 6-2 in just under an hour and stormed into the second round of the Men’s doubles event in the ATP 250 Series Tata Open Maharashtra at the Balewadi Tennis Complex here on Tuesday late evening.

“The key was to attack Paes and Purav’s playing hand. We wanted to keep the pressure on them right from the start,” said Bopanna in the on-court interview. In one of the most anticipated matches between two Indian doubles pairs given the history behind Bopanna and Paes love-hate relationship, Bopanna and his partner Nedunchezhiyan, who recently committed to focus only on doubles, made sure that their stay in Pune continued for a few more days.

“Like Rohan said. I played according to the plan we discussed. We have had a good practice going into this match and this win gives us the morale boost ahead of tougher contests in the coming days,” said Nedunchezhiyan.

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