The Coca Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) kicked off to a great start on the 2nd of December, 2014 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the Micromax Indian Aces getting the better of UAE Royals. The leading Indian team, which won leg one at Manila, won all the five sets, finishing with a combined total of 30 games to the second placed Royals’ 11.
The match started with the Women’s Singles which saw World No. 5 Ana Ivanovic triumph over Kristina Mladenovic 6-2
The Mixed Doubles gave the crowd its first 5-5 tie-break, with the experienced pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza triumphing over Kristina Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the 5-minute shoot out to claim the set 6-5.
Next up was the Men’s Singles in which flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils out-played reigning US Open Champion Marin Cilic 6-1.
In the Past Champions match, Fabrice Santoro overcame a struggling Goran Ivanisevic. The former Wimbledon champion was nursing a hamstring strain before being subbed out in favour of Nenad Zimonjic but it was not enough to stop the dominance of Santoro who closed the set at 6-2.
The final set of the match was the Men’s Doubles which saw Bopanna and Monfils return to the fray to defeat a dispirited Cilic and Zimonjic 6-1.
The Final Score of 30 – 11 saw the Micromax Indian Aces add a further 4 points to their tally while the Musafir.com UAE Royals will take some consolation from a single bonus point for winning more than 10 games
What the Players Said:
Goran Ivanisevic – “It’s good because it’s very quick, I like to play very quick all my life, you have 20 seconds to serve, I’ve never had problems with that because I like to serve quick.”
“I think it’s great. Everybody’s playing seriously and I think it’s good, it’s good that people see us in a different way. It’s good for us to play like this and so far it’s working perfect.”
“I don’t think it’s good to fool around too much because you lose that spirit, this is perfect. I don’t remember when was the last time I played three serious sets, with no ad and with the power point it can be over in 10 minutes, you have to be ready anytime. Though I still like to have fun with the crowd and I’m always going to do, it’s good to play serious and show people I still can hit tennis balls.”
“I still have to survive nine matches, it’s better to stop than to pull everything and then I’ll have to go home. Like this at least I will be ready, maybe not for tomorrow but against Andre, I’ll definitely be ready.”
Marin Cilic – “So far I think the format is very interesting, everyone was talking about it from the start, I think it shows the team atmosphere and the team spirit brings the most wins and results. It’s definitely exciting for the fans to interact with the players and see different things than they are used to. For players it’s different, you have to be into the matches more than usual, emotionally and as a team.”
“For me it was great to interact with my teammates, we’ve built good relations over the last six or seven days.”
“It’s a competitive event, and I think all the teams are very competitive, we’ve seen in Manila that the Singapore team has the biggest bench. They didn’t do very well over there and they are a little bit sad about it, it makes it really competitive because nobody likes to lose. It makes it more interesting for everybody and I think it’s nice to have this competition.”
Gael Monfils – “For me I think it’s good, it’s fun and serious at the same time, and it’s serious because we play four legs, but that’s cool.”
|MICROMAX INDIAN ACES||SCORE (GAMES)||Musafir.com UAE Royals|
|WOMEN’S SINGLES||Ana Ivanovic||6||2||Kristina Mladenovic|
|MIXED DOUBLES||Rohan Bopanna/Sania Mirza||6||5||Kristina Mladenovic/ Nenad Zimonjic|
|MEN’S SINGLES||Gael Monfils||6||1||Marin Cilic|
|PAST CHAMPIONS’ SINGLES||Fabrice Santoro||6||2||Goran Ivanisevic|
|MEN’S DOUBLES||Rohan Bopanna/Gael Monfils||6||1||Marin Cilic / Nenad Zimonjic|
|TOTAL SCORE||Mircromax Indian Aces||30||11||Musafir.com UAE Royals|