India’s Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won his third Challenger-level doubles title of the season with partner Austin Krajicek at the Winnetka event in the USA. The Indo-American pair won a tough three-setter 6-7 (4), 6-4, 10-5 win over second-seeded Roberto Maytin and Christopher Rungkat to win the trophy.
Top seeds Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and American Austin Krajicek defeated second seeds Roberto Maytin of Venezuela and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-5 in the doubles final of the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament. The title was worth 80 ATP points and $4,650.
It was the third Challenger doubles title of the season for the 29-year-old Jeevan, who had earlier won one title each with Christopher Rungkat and Austin Krajicek.
Jeevan, who had qualified for the Wimbledon but fell in the first round with Austin Krajicek in a close finish, used to partner Indonesia’s Rungkat and knew his game well. They earned 80 ranking points, each splitting the prize money of $4650.
The left-handed Chennai player has emerged as a force to reckon with on the Challenger Tour and has made seven finals this season. Before qualifying for the Wimbledon, the duo had won the Ilkley Challenger and ended runners-up at Nottingham.
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