Mahesh Bhupathi wins first title in 3 years

New Delhi: Mahesh Bhupathi, who is making a comeback to competitive tennis after an injury lay-off, won his first title in three years as he combined with Yuki Bhambri to clinch the Delhi Open, while Saketh Myneni reached the singles final here yesterday.

Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi

Playing high quality tennis, Bhupathi and Bhambri won 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 against defending champions Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh in the final that was a cut above the usual Challenger level matches.

Saketh in singles final
Myneni could not win the doubles title but earlier in the day he was all class, winning his singles semifinal 6-3, 6-2 against second seed Belgian Kimmer Coppejans.

He now has a chance to win his second Challenger level singles title, having won the first in October 2014 in Indore.

Bhupathi, who has hardly played in the last two years and got busy in conducting IPTL apart from nursing a knee injury, last won a title in March 2013, when he pocketed the Dubai ATP event with Michael Llodra.

Myneni had served superbly in his morning match but it was his serve that Bhupathi and Bhambri broke twice — fifth and ninth — to take the first set. Both times Myneni double-faulted on breakpoints.

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