Pune, Feb 9 : Czech star Jiri Vesely produced a dominating show to clinch his first ATP Tour title in five years with a 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3 win over Belarusian Egor Gerasimov in the singles final at the third edition of Tata Open Maharashtra, here on Sunday. Velsely had won his last ATP Tour title in 2015 in Auckland.
Meanwhile, a pair of Christopher Rungkat and Andre Goransson overcame Grand Slam champion Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to clinch doubles crown for their maiden ATP Tour title. The opening set of singles final saw Vesely facing tough challenge from Gerasimov before winning it 7-2 in the decider.
However, eighth seeded Gerasimov, who became the third Belarusian player to enter ATP Tour singles final following victory over James Duckworth in the last-4 clash here, made a comeback in the second set to take the summit clash into the third set. Making a comeback after a setback, the former World No 35 Vesely scored three back-to-back points to start the decider with some exquisite hard-hitting strokes that left Gerasimov clueless before wrapping up the match to win first title in five years.
Earlier, in the doubles final pair of Rungkat-Goransson, making first appearance at the South Asia’s only ATP Tour tournament, maintained their dominance that saw them dropping only two sets during their campaign in Pune. After winning the first set, Rungkat-Goransson had to work hard as the former Australian Open champion Erlich won the second set and also presented strong challenge in the decider along with partner Vasilevski. However, playing fifth tournament together, Rungkat-Goransson made timely comeback into the tie-breaker to complete impressive win. (UNI)