Bopanna and Mankad to clash in ITF final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and Harsh Mankad have set up a final clash against each other in the $10,000 ITF event.

Updated: April 15, 2008 12:38 IST
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Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and Harsh Mankad set up a final clash against each other in the USD 10,000 ITF event after winning their respective singles semifinals in Chandigarh on Friday.

Mankad stunned third seed Hyun-Woo Nam of Korea 6-4, 4-6, 5-7 en route to the final against India's top singles player Bopanna, who overcame a fighting Divij Sharan 6-4, 7-5.

Mankad now has a chance to have a shot at second title at the event after winning the final of the doubles along with partner Rupesh Roy.

The Mankad-Roy combine defeated third seed duo of Rohan Gajjar and Purav Raja 6-3, 6-4 at the CLTA Complex.

Such was the intensity of the match that Bopanna and Sharan played the longest game --seventh in the first set--of the tournament inducing 10 Deuces.

Bopanna broke his rival to gain a 4-3 lead and held his serve to make it 5-3. The next two games went with the serve with the first set going Bopanna's way.

Dropping his serve in the very first game of the second set, Sharan came back well to lead 5-4 but Bopanna's experience helped him tame Sharan and seal the match.

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