Indian Tennis duo of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan progressed in the quarterfinals of the Ferrero Challenger doubles event after outclassing their opponent in straight sets by 6-4, 6-0 win over Spain’s David Marrero and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic on Wednesday. The Indian pair was playing against the lower rank wild card entrants Marrero and Zimonjic and they completely outplayed them in quick succession.
ATP Alicante Challenger : Raja/Ramanathan through to QF with 6-4 6-0 win over 🇪🇸Marrero/🇷🇸Zimonjic pic.twitter.com/5HoOE6DSnq
— Indian Tennis Daily (@IndTennisDaily) October 14, 2020
Raja-Ramkumar won a total of 56 points against 37 by their opponents and were able to create and win more break point opportunities – five out of 12 than Marrero-Zimonjic’s one break out of the four. The dominance of the Indian pair was highlighted by the fact that their first serve winning percentage was 89 which is quite high as compared to their opponents 46 winning percentage.
The Indian Pair had a good start of 2020 season after lifting the winner’s trophy in Bengaluru Challenger Open after registering a victory against India’s Leander Paes and Australia’s Matthew Ebden in February.
This week in Alicante, the duo — Raja and Ramkumar has resumed competing together in doubles after the unprecedented hiatus in the sport due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
These two are performing exceptionally well from last one year as they clinched three ATP Challenger Tour Titles and also registered the victory against ATP tour 250 event Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune earlier this year. They will be facing local lads in the quarterfinals which will not be easy for the Indian duo as Gerard Granollers and Pedro Martinez know their home conditions really well. In order to beat them the Indian pair has to play a game of exceptional tennis from the start.
Indian Tennis has already performed well in Doubles category and they need to work hard in the singles category and for that more focus needs to given to groom young Indian single Tennis players by giving them confidence and nourishing their talent to keep up with the International standard.