Purav-Jeevan win doubles trophy in Portugal Challenger tennis

Purav Raja and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat the local duo of Nuno Borges and Francisco Cabral in the final.

By Aarish Ansari
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Indian tennis players Purav Raja and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan lifted the men’s doubles title at the Lisboa Belem Open in Portugal on Saturday.

The top-seeded Indian pair defeated Nuno Borges and Francisco Cabral of Portugal 7-6(5), 6-3 in the Challenger final at the Estadio CIF.

The Purav-Jeevan duo started strong and broke the Portuguese opponents in the first game but conceded the advantage as the first set went into a tiebreaker.

The Indians fought well on the clay court to prevail 7-5 and took the lead.

The second set wasn’t as challenging for the Indian pair as Purav Raja and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan sailed through to win their first-ever Challenger title as a team.

The two had won an ITF Futures title in Bhopal, back in 2013.

The win also ended Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan’s three-year title drought. His last win came at the 2018 Monterrey Challenger in Mexico.

Purav Raja, on the other hand, won his 19th Challenger doubles title and his first since the 2020 Bangalore Open.

Purav-Jeevan beat Portugal’s Luis Faria and Jaime Faria and Italy’s wildcard entry of Franceso Forti and Giulio Zeppieri in the semi-finals.

The Indian pair beat Italians Francesco Forti and Giulio Zeppieri 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals, and local wildcards Tiago Cacao and Goncalo Falcao 6-3, 6-2 in the round of 16.