Delhi, 12th December 2015: They came, they saw, they conquered! As the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) settled into its third and last day in Delhi, there was palpable energy at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
All eyes were set for the titanic clash of the season, with the home team taking on the Obi UAE Royals in the second match of the day.
With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal sitting on their respective team benches, the crowds had a tough time concentrating on the brilliant tennis on display. The home champions ultimately signing off with a superb win, a perfect score, to come out strong as ever on the league table as IPTL round-up its Delhi leg today.
Starting off with the mixed doubles, Mirza/Bopanna showed their doubles magic once again, winning the opening set 6-4 against Mladenovic/Nestor, giving their team the perfect start into the match.
Agnieszka Radwanska backed up the success of the opening set for her team, by winning solidly against Kristina Mladenovic, closing it off 6-1 in twenty short minutes.
Vintage tennis was at its best when Fabrice Santoro played against Goran Ivanisevic of the Royals in the legend’s singles. Slicing the ball back onto the other court, Magician Santoro was a sheer delight with each shot that he returned. The spirit of competition at its highest, ultimately Santoro won it 6-5 in the shootout, the Aces now 3 sets up.
The men’s doubles saw Nadal/Bopanna pair up against Cilic/Federer of the Royals, a deafening roar from the 13,000+ audience eager to see their idols live in person. The ace pairing of Nadal/Bopanna proving far superior, winning the set 6-4 against the Royals. Match already in the bag, home fans had much to cheer about.
In what was possibly the most-eagerly awaited contest of Coca-Cola IPTL 2015, men’s singles action saw tennis’ most intense rivalry unravel right in front of a strong Delhi crowd, as Nadal and Federer faced off for their teams. Matching each other point for point, the set went down the wire, with Nadal coming out on top for his team.