Raja- Sharan in final of Tashkent ATP Challenger

Tashkent , Oct 11 (IANS) The second seeded Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan scored a close 5-7, 6-3, 13-11 win over the Israel's Dudi Sela and Amir Weintraub Friday to enter the doubles final of the $125,000 Tashkent Challenger being played at the Olympic tennis School Tennis Complex here.

The right and left handed pair of Raja and Sharan took one hour 23 minutes to register the win on their fourth match point. The Indian pair led 6-2 in the Super Tiebreak before the Israelis clawed their way back , despite serving two double faults and missing three match points, Raja and Sharan played some fine tennis in the end to wrap up the match 13-11.

In the first set, the Indian pair was broken in the 12th game, but came back solidly in the second set to Break Weintraub's serve in the seventh game and Sela's serve in the ninth game to level the match.

Raja and Sharan will take on Russia's Mikhail Elgin and Teymuraz Gabashvili in the final Saturday. The Russians earned a 6-3, 5-7,10-4 win over James Cerretani of USA and Canadian Adil Shamasdin in the other semifinal.

Sixth seeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili also made it to the singles semifinals upsetting second seeded countryman Evgeny Donskoy along with top seed Lucas Lacko, third seed Dudi Sela and unseeded Amir Weintraub.


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