Chennai: World No. 14 and second seed Roberto Bautista Agut clinched his first ATP Chennai Open tennis title and fifth Tour crown to kick start his season on a grand note, here at the SDAT Stadium on Sunday. The Spaniard got the better of Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4.
Later, Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan emerged supreme in the doubles as they beat Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-3, 6-4 in an all-Indian final.
For Medvedev, who is ranked 99 in the world, it had been a dream run in the season-opener until he faced Agut in the showdown.
Medvedev, high on confidence having reached his first Tour final, started off well by rifling down an ace. But it was Agut who raced to a 3-1 lead by breaking the Russian in the fourth game. Medvedev’s battle to save four break points proved futile.
Medvedev, who had staged a remarkable comeback from a set down to oust Dudi Sela of Israel in the semi-final, was a pale shadow of himself. Serving for the set at 5-3, Agut entertained the crowd with a few down-the-line forehand winners, before wrapping up the set with an ace. At the end of the first set his service percentage stood at 59 with two double-faults....