Unseeded Bozoljac Wins Kolkata ATP Title in Style

The unseeded Serbian player outplayed Russian third ranked Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets to clinch the singles title.

Published: 15th February 2014 09:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2014 09:12 PM   |  A+A-


Continuing his dream run, unseeded Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia outplayed Russian third ranked Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets to clinch the singles title at the USD 50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event, here on Saturday.

Having made the final without dropping a set, the Serbian who fired 11 aces en route to a thumping 6-1, 6-1 win in a matter of 58 minutes at the BTA Courts.

The Serbian, who pocketed USD 7200 and 80 ranking points, said he's least interested in following rankings.

Asked about rankings, Bozoljac said "I don't know... I did not even check my ranking for three years!"

"I was 5-2 up in the second set and had a chance of getting the set but he played well," he said.

The Serbian was down after a back injury from 2009-12 and he had begun the year  going down to Swiss great Roger Federer in the Davis Cup 4-6 5-7 2-6.

"I lost my best of three years because of my back injury from 2009-12. My ranking to 700. You need a couple of results like this so that you're back on track. I think I'm doing well. It's still beginning of the year," he said.

His first round exit to eventual runner-up Alexander Kudryavtsev in the ATP Challenger in Chennai last week in fact helped Bozoljac get back to track as he utilised the period in preparation for the Kolkata ATP.

The Serbian's big turnaround came yesterday as he snatched victory from being 0-6, 0-3 down to oust top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov in a brilliant display of rallies.

The win had given him a special exempt for the next week's USD 100,000 ATP Challenger in New Delhi and Bozoljac did not look back.

That he won against an ever consistent Donskoy, who made a semis exit in Chennai last week, underlined the greatness of Bozoljac's triumph.

There was little for Donskoy in the match today as Bozoljac broke the higher ranked Russian twice in the first set, once in the opening game and again in the third game to take 4-0 lead.

Donskoy, in the fifth game of the first set struggled to hold serve just to lose out on the next two games consecutively, allowing the six feet four inches tall Bozoljac to grab the first set.

In the second too, the scene was quite similar as the confident Serbian, who seemed to have actually played the final yesterday, played almost flawless tennis to a dominating lead of 3-0.

Donskoy tried hard to come back but failed miserably but nothing seemed to go the Russian's way in the tame loss.

Meanwhile India no 1 Somdev Devvarman, who had made a semifinal exit going down to Donskoy yesterday, was rewarded INR 150,000 by energy drink POWER HOUSE.

This reward is for his stupendous performances in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games and also for spearheading India in the Davis Cup towards the World Group.


Men's singles final: Ilija Bozoljac (SRB) b Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-1, 6-1.


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