Monday, 6 June 2016
Purav and Divij pair wins title
The unseeded pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan survived three match-points and won the doubles title with a 6-3, 3-6, [11-9] victory over second seeds Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski of Britain in the €42,500 men’s Challenger tennis tournament in Manchester on Sunday.
It was a commendable fare from Purav and Divij, as the duo beat the top seeds as well as thesecond seeds, without dropping a set, along the way. The title was worth €2650 and 80 ATP points.
It was the seventh Challenger doubles title for Purav and ninth title for Divij, and third as a pair. Purav has 16 Futures doubles titles and Divij, 19.
Divij also has the distinction of having played all the four Grand Slam doubles events and had the best of pre-quarterfinals with Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei at the US Open in 2013.
Purav played the French Open last week with Ivo Karlovic of Croatia where the duo lost in the first round.
Purav and Divij had enjoyed a lot of success during their stint together from November 2012 to March 2014, before lack of conviction in their combination saw them move to different partners.
“Grass definitely is my favourite surface. It works best for our game style. The thing that works the most for us is that we use each other’s strengths really well,” said Divij Sharan, who had qualified for Wimbledon with Purav Raja three years ago.
The fact that Divij had played with 21 different partners last year and possibly a similar situation for Purav, made them decide to “do a circuit together and take it from there. " “This is our sixth week together and we have had a great run, with one title, one final and three semifinals,” said Divij, quite keen to get back to the top-100 in ranking and get closer to top 70 to get back to the Grand Slams.
Interesting times ahead.
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