Bernard Tomic claimed his 12th professional title at the M25 Chennai Futures. Bernard turned his first visit to India as a pro into a successful trip, toppling Sasikumar Mukund 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 27 minutes in the title clash.
The Aussie survived a challenging duel against the 7th seed Sandro Kopp in the quarter-final, prevailing 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 in over three hours. A day later, Tomic ousted the 4th seed Eric Vanshelboim 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes in the semi-final, preserving energy for the title clash.
Bernard defeated Sasikumar after winning 11 points more than his opponent, losing serve three times and delivering four breaks. Tomic made the difference with his first serve, squandering the advantage in the second set but playing well in the closing stages to lift the trophy.
Bernard Tomic stepped back to Futures and clinched the title.
The Aussie broke in the encounter's first game and held at 30 in the next one for a 2-0 lead.
The Indian reduced the deficit to 2-1 with a hold at 30 in game three, getting his name on the scoreboard. Bernard played a loose service game and fell on the second break point in game four, bringing his opponent back to 2-2.
However, the top seed secured another break in game five, opening a 3-2 advantage before facing issues on serve again in the next one. Mukund broke for the second time in a row, leveling the score at 3-3 and returning to the positive side.
They held at 30 in games seven and eight to remain neck and neck before Sasikumar opened a 30-0 lead on serve at 4-4.
The Indian hit consecutive double faults to bring the Aussie back into contention and wasted a game point before Tomc broke him for the third time, forging a 5-4 advantage.
Bernard fired an ace for three set points in game ten and seized the first to grab the opener 6-4. Mukund held at love at the beginning of the second set but could not repeat that at 1-1, suffering a break and falling 2-1 behind.
Tomic produced a hold at love in game four for 3-1 before losing serve in game six, bringing his opponent back to 3-3. They served well in the upcoming games, and Bernard had to keep that pace at 4-5 while serving to stay in the set.
The Aussie closed the tenth game from 0-30 and landed an ace at 5-6 to introduce a decider. Former Major quarter-finalist grabbed the opening five points and earned four match points. Tomic seized the third at 6-3, winning his first title since October last year.