Taking the total medal tally for India to 22, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan bagged the sixth gold in the finals of Men’s Doubles Tennis at the Asian Games. The Indian duo defeated Kazakhstan’s Aleksandar Bublik and Denis Yevseyv in the finale by 6-3 and 6-4. This is the fourth gold for India’s men doubles team in the history of the Asian Games.
The total tally of the medal has now gone up to 22. It includes six gold medals, four silvers, and twelve bronze.
The men’s doubles final lasted for 52 minutes. Within the first initial 20 minutes, the Indian duo took a lead against their Kazakhstan counterparts by 4-1.
The first set witnessed two serves under the Indians' command - Bopanna serving from the end of the court as Divij handled the situation and maintained the scores on the net side.
By the time the rival team recovered, India was leading 5-3 and the first set ended with Bopanna’s powerful service. The final score of the first set ended with India leading by 6-3 says, The Indian Express.
In the second set, Kazakhstan took the lead and scored 3-3 in the 16th-minute mark. The very next minute, Bopanna and Divij took the lead to 4-3. In no time, the Indian duo pushed added another point bringing it to 5-3.
At this time, the opposition’s wrong serve got them a point with the scores at 5-4. Bopanna on the other side of the net being vigilant at the court end took the final shot and got India the gold it needed, says India Today.
India has bagged the gold for the fourth time in the history of the Asian games. Before Divij and Bopanna, Somdev and Sanam Singh had won the gold at the Guangzhou edition of the Asian Games in 2010.