The Netherlands‘ Griekspoor won the intense Tata Open Maharashtra title clash 4-6 7-5 6-3 against his dogged French rival in two hours and 16 minutes.
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The two players put on show before a packed centre court at Balewadi Stadium, entertaining the fans with their breathtaking shot-making and perseverance.
High-quality tennis opened the match, befitting a finale, with the first nine games going on serve, much to the delight of the crowd.
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It seemed to be going into the tie-breaker until the Dutch had a meltdown while serving to stay in the set in the 10th game.
After making a backhand error to lose the first point, Griekspoor served a double fault to be at 0-30. Bonzi then pulled off a screamer of a winner after making a superb service return to earn three breakpoints.
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Feeling the heat, the Dutch double-faulted on the first set point.
There was no let-up from either player with an intense game of tennis continuing in the second set, in which both raised the level of serving.
Not many short balls were there to be dispatched for easy winners as deep and powerful return was the order of the day.
The Frenchman had superb anticipation to go with his incredible stroke-making while the Dutch relied on his angled and wide serves and charged the net at the right time to earn points at key moments.
Bonzi faced two break points in the seventh game but pulled off big serves under pressure to come unscathed. That was a real chance for Griekspoor to get that elusive break but Bonzi did not let him take advantage, staying solid.
Bonzi saved one more break chance in the 11th game but could not execute a drop shot on second deuce point from half-the-court, handing his rival another break opportunity.
A boisterous crowd behind him, Griekspoor slotted a lob perfectly from the baseline, Bonzi chased in vain and the Dutch had his first break of the match as it sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Coming out serving for the set, Griekspoor too faced a breakpoint when Bonzi placed a service return winner at 30-all but the Dutch player saved that and closed the set with a forehand winner down the line.
In the decider, it was Bonzi who dropped his serve first in the third game. A low lob winner handed Griekspoor his first break chance and Bonzi helped him with a double fault.
The Dutch player saved a break chance in the sixth game to keep the lead. In anti-climactic fashion the match ended with two consecutive errors from Bonzi’s racquet. He first served a double fault to give Griekspoor his first match point and then hit a shot long.