CTL 2014: Pune take bonus after a tie against Bangalore
Bangalore: Pune Marathas made a remarkable recovery from 0-2 down to win their next three matches in a row as their contest against Bangalore Raptors ended in a thrilling tie to run away with a bonus point in the Champions Tennis League here Thursday.
Marcos Baghdatis played superb tennis against Feliciano Lopez to win the super tie-breaker as the five-match contest ended 24-24 at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association Stadium.
Both played their hearts out and hardly showed any signs of fatigue as they played three -- the mixed doubles, men's doubles and men's singles -- of the five sets of the fixture.
It was the Cypriot Baghdatis who prevailed over Spaniard Lopez in a nerve-wracking encounter which saw each of them refusing to yield any inch. While the Spaniard produced some exquisite flat returns, Baghdatis regaled the the motley spectators with his fine overhead placements.
All eyes were on the men's singles as Bangalore enjoyed a wafer-thin 19-18 lead, but Baghdatis spoiled the rhythm of Lopez with some exquisite forehand cross court winners to break the Spaniard in the fifth game and take the score to 21-21.
Both the players kept their serves with the scoreline reading 5-5 and Baghdatis eventually won the tie-breaker 5-3.
Bagdatis and India's Saketh Myneni then defeated Lopez and Ramkumar Ramanathan of India 6-4 in men's doubles.
Earlier, impressive wins by Thomas Enqvist and the mixed doubles pair of Venus Williams and Feliciano Lopez helped Bangalore Raptors take a 15-12 lead over Pune Marathas.
After losing the first two matches, Pune kept their hopes alive as Agnieszka Radwanka, currently ranked sixth in the world, defeated former women's world number one American Williams 6-3 at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association Stadium.
The American had herself to blame as she could not break the young Polish player.