Chennai Open Tennis: Agut, Bopanna, Jeevan champs

“The match showed that I could come back again but the tennis god said “No Martin you are not going to win today you don’t deserve to,” said Klizan

Second seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain will take on Russias rising star Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Chennai Open tennis championship match here at the SDAT Stadium on Sunday evening. Bopanna held his serve at 5-4 to secure the win in 1 hour and six minutes.

Medvedev is 99th in the rankings, but will need to beat an opponent who is 14th in the world. But Bautista Agut broke his serve in the ninth game and then claimed the contest. He summoned his trainer for a quick-fix solution but couldn't muster the energy or fight to make a comeback.

Medvedev would make plenty of errors on his backhand side and would see inconsistency on serve with very few aces here and there throughout the match but had a low percentage on his first serve.

Earlier, Israel's 31-year-old journeyman Sela looked like he had the match well within his grasp as he covered the court smartly and mixed his shots nearly to perfection. "I played well throughout", said Agut.

"My game-plan was to keep him moving".

Medvedev felt the heat for the first time in the match when the Slovak started to return better and found a forehand victor at 40-40 to earn a breakpoint, but the Russian managed to save with his big serve. "I was very solid and could play aggressively whenever I wanted", he added.

Medvedev refused to blame his defeat on the medical time-out though.

The quality of tennis peaked in the second set, with both players lifting their games. "I had sore muscles in the right leg, I felt like I had pulled a muscle", he later explained. Medvedev won more than 70 percent of points on his first serve but his second serve let him down as he won only 43 percent of the points. "I didn't have a single break point". He is tall, has a good serve and a number of strokes from the baseline. "He is already a good player and he can only improve", the Spaniard said.

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