Young Finn Emil Ruusuvuori earned a shot at his first ATP World Tour title with a hard-fought victory over Kamil Majchrzak, while Joao Sousa edged out Elias Ymer after saving three match points in a high-quality semi-final at the Tata Open Maharashtra, in Pune on Saturday. . In the doubles event, second-seeded Indian pair Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan saved three match points to beat French pair Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul 6-4, 4-6, 12-10. and get to the end. Kamil got to a position where he was serving for the second set to force a decider, but the 22-year-old Emil came out with a 6-3, 7-6(0) win after an hour and 46 minutes of tennis. exciting at the Balewadi Sports Complex.
In the other semi-final, world number 137 Sousa used all of his experience to wriggle out of a critical situation against the talented Ymer to win the marathon contest 5-7 7-6(4) 7-5 in three hours. and 13 minutes.
Sousa, 32, will now fight for his fourth singles title in his 11th ATP Tour final.
In doubles, the Indian team trailed 2-7 and 6-9 in the Super Tie Break but held their nerve to come out the winner.
It will be the second ATP final together for Bopanna and Ramkumar, having won the Adelaide event earlier in the season.
In the first singles semi-final, there were intense exchanges from the start with Emil, ranked 87th, and Kamil, ranked 95th, showing off his variety of shots. It wasn’t until the eighth game that a break chance opened up for the Finnish player in the first set.
Kamil’s backhand landed just outside the lines and Emil found a pass winner to convert the chance, as the Polish player was in no position to fight back as he approached the net.
Emil’s ability to find angled shots, which made Kamil work harder to reach the balls, made a big difference in the first set.
In the second set, it was Kamil who drew first blood in game eight. Kamil’s signature drop shot, which he met with an awkward jump but perfect hand-eye coordination, gave him his break chance which he converted into the next point.
However, Kamil dropped his serve while serving for the set and, ironically, it was a drop shot that set up an easy winner for Emil, who sent the ball into the open court to deny his opponent.
Kamil again missed a break point in the eleventh game when he hit a forehand down two, but saved it with an ace. A battle with several deuce points ensued in that game, which the Polish player eventually held and now Emil was serving to stay in the set.
Emil was pressured by an aggressive Kamil, but the Finn held on to stretch him out until the tie break, in which he took a 5-0 lead and finished the match with back-to-back aces.
Later in the day, in the second semi-final, early breaks and solid holds put Ymer in the driving seat as the Swede took a 4-1 lead. Sousa was struggling with his returns, but he still got a break in game six, which he sealed with an impressive backhand winner.
The experienced Portuguese, winner of three ATP titles, upped the ante and despite facing two set points managed to make it 5-5. He got the second break in the tenth game.
The Swede then double-faulted on set point and once more on break point.
However, Ymer recovered and earned another break with an exquisite backhand winner after an intense exchange. Sousa scored forehanded on the next point to allow Ymer to come out and serve for the set.
This time, Ymer’s serve worked and the Swede took a one-set lead by serving the game loveless.
The two players continued to trade breaks in the second set which closed at 4-4 after intense action. Soon, the tie-beaker was required as no break in service occurred.
Ymer got a mini break with a sensational shot, but Sousa recovered it with a pass winner. Down 2-3, Ymer hit a double fault that proved crucial as Sousa fought back to earn three set points.
Sousa converted the second when Ymer made a forehand error.
At 30-30 in the second game of the decider, Ymer earned a break point on a Sousa error but was unable to convert it.
Sousa was serving to stay in the match in game ten. He was down 15-30 when Ymer landed a smashing forehand winner to earn two match points, but Sousa saved both on second serves.
A backhand return error gave Ymer his third match point, but the Swede netted a forehand to waste it. Sousa’s wealth of match experience was helping him under pressure as he aguant to put the 5-5.
Ymer hit a backhand error at 30-30 in the next game to face a break point, but saved it. Sousa kept Ymer under pressure by earning three more chances and converted third despite stubborn resistance from the Swede.
Sousa now came out serving for the match, earning his first match point when Ymer hit a backhand long and converting as the Swede made another return error.