Jeevan wins in style

In a one-sided final, national champion Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan defeated unseeded Croatian Mate Pavic 6-1, 6-1 to lift the CCI-ITF men’s Futures tennis title here on Saturday.

The 24-year-old from Tamil Nadu, who had come back to tennis after a long lay-off due to multiple injuries in August-September, thrashed a nervous-looking Pavic in just over an hour to win the top prize of $1950 and 27 ATP points.

The 19-year-old Pavic, ranked 463, won $1350, besides earning 18 points for finishing runner-up.

Jeevan, ranked 400 going into the tournament, reckoned after his thumping victory he will jump to somewhere between 340 and 350 points when the new rankings list is announced.

It was four titles out of four final appearances in Futures for Jeevan, who came into the tournament on a high having won the national men’s singles crown in New Delhi.

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