Pakistani tennis star Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna won their first ATP title of the season, overcoming Robin Haase and Milos Raonic 7-6 (8) 3-6 11-9 in the summit clash of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
It took the Indo-Pak pair one hour and 19 minutes to beat the Dutch-Canadian combination.
The win would do a world of good to the confidence of the Indo-Pak pair in the run-up to the Wimbledon Championships.
It is their second career ATP World Tour doubles title, having triumphed in Johannesburg last year.
Bopanna had reached the final six times. Except for Atlanta event, Qureshi was his partner in all those tournaments, including the US Open.
Earlier, they both stormed into the final of the ATP Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany after quelling the challenge of Christopher Kas and Philip 5-7 6-3 11-9 in the semi-finals.
Overall, they were playing their ninth ATP World Tour doubles final together.
In today’s final, interestingly the Indo-Pak pair could not convert any of the four breakpoints, three in the opening set, and also dropped their serve in the second set but held their nerves in the Super Tiebreak to clinch the issue.