Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands came back from a set deficit to overcome World No, 60 Benjamin Bonzi of France in three hard-fought sets in the men’s singles final of the Tata Open Maharashtra, becoming the first player since Marc Andrea Huesler at Sofia in 2022 to win his first tour-level title in his maiden appearance in the final, here on Saturday,
This was the first ATP Tour final featuring both first-time finalists since 2022 Munich and both Griekspoor and Bonzi gave it their all to treat the capacity crowd at the Centre Court in the Balewadi Stadium to a thrilling encounter.
After losing the first set, Griekspoor came back strongly to win the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 16 minutes at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here. The World No. 95 fought hard for each point and exhibited a world-class level of energy and athleticism. Bonzi on the other hand made unforced errors at a crucial juncture and allowed his Dutch opponent to take control of the match after losing a hard-fought second set.
The 26-year-old Griekspoor had made it to the final by beating Aslan Karatsev in straight sets in the semifinal while Bonzi got the better of another Dutch player, Botic van de Zandschulp. He broke Bonzi in the third game, warding off the French player’s attempts to gain back the break before breaking him again in the ninth game to seal a memorable maiden ATP Tour title.
Balaji, Jeevan fall short as Belgian pair wins doubles title
India’s N. Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan failed to cap off their brilliant run in the Tata Open Maharashtra ATP Tour tennis event here, losing to the all-Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen in straight sets in the men’s doubles final at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here.
Balaji and Jeevan, who had come into the main draw as alternates after the late withdrawal of Laslo Djere and Alex Molcan of Slovakia, played superbly throughout the week as they stormed into the men’s doubles final without dropping a set.
But on Saturday, their magical run came to an end when they lost to the Belgians 6-4, 6-4 at the Centre Court at the Balewadi Stadium here. The Belgians earned an early break in both sets which was enough for them to seal their sixth ATP Tour title as a team.
The Belgian duo seeded fourth here, had stormed into the final by beating top seeds and reigning U.S Open champions Rajeev Ram of the United States and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain in the semifinals on Friday night.