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Season's first title for Bopanna
Marseille, February 24, 2013
First Published: 23:47 IST(24/2/2013)
Last Updated: 01:22 IST(25/2/2013)

Rohan Bopanna won his first title of the season when he combined with Colin Fleming to claim the ATP Open 13 doubles trophy with a straight-sets win over Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Jeal-Julien Rojer, in Marseille on Sunday.

The second seeded Indo-British pair edged past the top seeds 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the summit clash of the €528135 hard court event. Bopanna played with Fleming in the absence of regular partner Rajeev Ram.

"It's always tough to play against friends," Bopanna said. "Then, I also want to thank my partner. He wasn't feeling well this morning but he came out and played a great match."

Break points saved
The second seeds saved all the four breakpoints they faced in the match before prevailing in the second-set tie-breaker. It was Bopanna's eighth ATP doubles title.

The Indian has recently been ignored for the Davis Cup tie against Indonesia in April.

Last year he won two titles - Paris Masters and Dubai event - with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

Bopanna and Fleming shared €29,000 as prize money and earned 250 ranking points each.

This was the Briton's second title this season.

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