Hsieh/Rungkat Reach Maiden Final In Sofia
Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Christopher Rungkat reached their first ATP Tour final on Saturday at the Sofia Open, defeating Pune champions Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan 7-6(3), 6-3.
The Chinese Taipei-Indonesian duo arrived in Bulgaria fresh off two straight-sets first-round losses at ATP Challenger Tour events. But they have found their best level this week, advancing to the championship match without dropping a set. Not only has the pair never made a tour-level final together before this, but it is also Hsieh and Rungkat’s maiden ATP Tour championship match individually.
Hsieh and Rungkat saved four of the five break points they faced, while breaking Bopanna and Sharan twice to advance after one hour and 13 minutes. They will face Jurgen Melzer and Nikola Melzer on Sunday for the title.
At the Open Sud de France, wild cards Benjamin Bonzi and Antoine Hoang reached the final with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara, who triumphed in Eastbourne and Stockholm last year. Like Hsieh and Rungkat, it is Bonzi and Hoang’s first trip to an ATP Tour final. The home favourites will play top-seeded Ivan Dodig and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final.
Top seeds Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos advanced to the Cordoba Open final, beating Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-5. The Argentines will face third seeds Roman Jebavy and Andres Molteni for the title.