Rohan Bopanna sent the Indian Davis Cup selectors a message by winning his first title of the season at Marseille.
Bopanna combined with Colin Fleming to overcome his former partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Jeal-Julien Rojer 6-4, 7-6 (3) and win the ATP Open 13 doubles trophy.
The second seeded Indo-British pair edged out their first-seeded opponents in straight sets in the hard court event. Bopanna was in the news recently after being dropped from India’s Davis Cup squad along with veteran tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi.
Bopanna had teamed up with Fleming in the absence of his regular partner Rajeev Ram. The second seeds saved four breakpoints they faced in the match before prevailing in the second-set tie-breaker.
The win marks Bopanna’s eighth ATP doubles title. Last year, he won two titles — Paris Masters and Dubai event — with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi. The win earned Bopanna and his partner euros 29,000 as prize money and 250 ranking points each.