Bopanna-Vasselin win Japan Open title

bopanna vasselin 300 wiTokyo: India’s Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin got the better of Jamie Murray and John Peers to win the Japan Open trophy here on Sunday.

The fourth seeded Indo-French pair won by 7-6 (5) 6-4 against the Briton-Australian combo in one hour and 17 minutes in the summit clash of the USD 1,297,000 ATP 500 tournament.

Bopanna had won his first title of the 2013 season in February when he triumphed at ATP 250 event in Marseille, France with British partner Colin Fleming. He had also reached the final of Rome Masters with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi but ended runners-up.

It’s wasn’t an easy outing for Bopanna and his partner as the fourth seeds had five break chances but Murray and Peers saved all to stretch the issue to a tie-breaker. In the second set, Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin finally converted a break chance to get a lead, which they maintained to emerge winners.