Indian Aces win thriller in IPTL's promising India leg debut

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2014 19:41 IST

The India leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) got a promising response from the fans on the opening day when Indian Aces edged out Manila Mavericks 26-25 in a late night thriller on Saturday.

The UAE Royals thumped Singapore Slammers 29-16 in a one-sided affair before Indian Aces came from behind to beat Manila Mavericks in a super shoot-out.

The sizeable crowd at the Indian Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi got a first-hand taste of the fast-paced format made for creating its own space on the busy tennis calendar.

A much bigger treat is in store for the fans on Sunday when record 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and 14-major winner Pete Sampras make their much-awaited India debut.

The night tie began with home heroes Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna taking on Kirsten Flipkens and Daniel Nestor in the mixed doubles. The seasoned Indians were expected to give their team a 1-0 lead but they ended up losing a close match against the Mavericks 5-6.

In the champions singles, Indian Aces were put further on the back foot when retired Frenchman Cedric Pioline went down to Australia's Mark Philippousis 4-6.

Bopanna and Gael Monfils pulled one back for Aces, defeating Treat Huey and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-5 in an intense men's doubles match.

It was the turn of the men's singles next with an exciting battle on the cards between world number 18 Monfils and 12th-ranked Tsonga, with Tsonga beating his fellow Frenchman 6-4 to give Mavericks more breathing space.

With the score in favour of the away team at 19-23, it was all down to Ana Ivanovic to rescue Aces. The world number 5 did not disappoint, winning the set 6-3 against Flipkens to take the match into a super shoot-out with the scores tied at 25-25.

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