The 25th edition of Tata Open Maharashtra is at its closing stage. Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic and Egor Gerasimov of Belarus are the last two men standing in the Singles final.
Jonathan Erlich and Andrei Vasilevski too made their way into the finals after registering a two-set win over the Indian pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan the other night. Erlich/Vasilevski will face Andre Goransson and Christopher Rungkat in the Doubles final of the Tata Open Maharashtra 2020.
Road to final: Jiri Vesely
Jiri Vesely, who never made it to any ATP Tour-level finals in nearly five years will remember the 2020 Tata Open Maharashtra for many years, regardless of what happens on Sunday night.
Round 1: Bt. Arjun Kadhe (6-2, 6-4)
It was an easy round 1 clash against the local favourite. Jiri hardly had to break a sweat to beat Arjun in two straight-sets.
Round 2: Bt. Salvatore Caruso (7-6, 6-4)
Against the Italian, the story was different. Jiri had to fight hard for each point. The match was mostly dominated on serves. In the end, the Czech managed to win critical break points to beat the seventh seed Salvatore Caruso in 1 hour and 51 minutes.
Quarter-final: Bt. Ilya Ivashka (2-6, 6-1, 7-6)
Jiri Vesely’s patience went through the litmus test against Ilya Ivashka in the quarter-final. Ilya was clinical and gave Jiri no time to breathe in the first set. Jiri bounced back in style and took the second. The third set went down to the wire. Jiri won the tie-break (13-11) after having two match points against him.
Semi-final: Bt. Ricardas Berankis (6-7 7-6 7-6)
You really need to have a nerve of steel to come on top after conceding four match points. The number two seed at TOM 2020 Ricardas Berankis looked in complete control throughout the game. Jiri played like a man on a mission. He blasted as many as 28 aces in the match most by any player (in one match) at this edition of Tata Open Maharashtra.
Road to final: Egor Gerasimov
The Belarusian was the qualifier in the previous edition of Tata Open Maharashtra. Then, he lost the final qualifying round to Saketh Myneni in three fighting sets. Egor has raised his game since then. The world number 90 tonight will play his first ATP Tour level final.
Round 1: Bt. Paolo Lorenzi (6-2, 6-3)
The number eight seed Egor had a relatively easy round one clash against Paolo Lorenzi. Egor took just over 72 minutes to beat the Italian in two sets.
Round 2: Bt. Nikola Milojevic (2-6, 6-3, 6-2)
Egor faced world number 148 Serbia’s Nikola Milojevic in the second round. Nikola, who came from the qualifying stage, was yet to drop a set. He won the opening set against Egor but the Belarusian pulled things back to win the next two.
Quarter-final: Bt. Soonwoo Kwon (4-6, 7-6, 6-4)
Against the number four seed, Egor had to play out of his skin. The South Korean won the opening set and was going strong in the second. Egor raised his game at the right time and was unstoppable in the 2nd set tie-break. The Belarusian managed to break Soonwoo’s serve in the third and didn’t blink to close out the set 6-4 and match in three sets.
Semi-final: Bt. James Duckworth (7-6, 6-4)
Unlike his previous two rounds, the Belarusian kept things tight against Australia’s James Duckworth in the semi-final. Egor took the first set in tie-break, a set that was mostly dominated by serves. In the second, Egor converted one out of five breakpoints and that was enough to shut the door for the Australian.
Road to Doubles final: Christopher Rungkat/Andre Goransson
Christopher and Andre were up against the fourth seeded pair of Denys Molchanov and Hsieh Cheng-peng. Their clash went to super tie-break and the unseeded pair managed to hold their nerves to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.
The following two rounds were relatively easier for Christopher/Andre. The french pair of Benoit Paire and Antoine Hoang (lost 6-3, 6-3) didn't stand a chance against them in the quarter-final. Another straight set win over Romain Arneodo and Andre Begemann (6-4, 7-6) confirmed their spot in the Doubles final of Tata Open Maharashtra
Road to Doubles final: Jonathan Erlich/Andrei Vasilevski
One of the most experienced players on tour Jonathan Erlich and his partner Andrei Vasilevski were seeded third at Tata Open Maharashtra 2020.
The 25th edition of ATP Tour in India already saw many upsets in both Singles and Doubles road to final. Jonathan/Andrei too had to dig deep before making it to the final. The pair played two super tie-breaks, one in round of 16 vs Duckworth/Reid (bt. 4-6, 6-3, 10-8) and in quarter-final vs Travaglia/Lorenzi (Bt. 5-7, 6-1, 10-8).
Jonathan/Andrei beat Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan (7-6, 6-4) in the semi-final in front of a packed crowd at Balewadi Stadium.