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Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby sameerph » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:07 am

23 year old Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan made a return to pro tennis ( after completing his 4 year college stint ) in a big way by today winning the single title at $15K futures in Pune.

He came thru qualifying to win the title here. These are his results this week -

[Q1] (11) Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND,1514) d. Ronak MANUJA (IND,UNR) 63 64
[Q2] (11) Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND,1514) d. Lakshit SOOD (IND,UNR) 62 62
[R1] (Q) Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND,1514) d, (WC) Arjun KADHE (IND,UNR) 63 64
[R2] (Q) Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND,1514) d. Ivan ARENAS-GUALDA (ESP,677) 63 64
[QF] (Q) Jeevan NEDUNCHEZHIYAN (IND,1514) d. (5) Vijayant MALIK (IND,491) 63 61
[SF] (Q) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,1514) d. (6) Ranjit Virali-Murugesan (IND,564) 36 64 Retd.
[F] (Q) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,1514) d. (3) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,395) 64 75

He showed pretty good fitness level to go thru & win 7 matches this week looking fresh '& eager in the final today. With 27 points gained from today's title , he will move up to a career high of around 660.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby sameerph » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:28 am

A bit more info on Jeevan.

He had a pretty good junior career reaching a career high junior ranking of 9. He reached the later rounds of quite a few grade 2/ grade 1 junior events but his best performance was in June 2006 when he won the Grade 1 junior title at Offenbench, Germany on clay . This is one of the very few instances when an Indian player has won a grade 1 junior title on clay abroad. ( perhaps the only one ). In the final of that tournament he beat Jurgen Zopp of Estonia who is now ranked 150 on mens tour.

This shows the talent that Jeevan posseses. He joined university of Washington in 2006 for a 4 year stint. He played no. 1 for them for almost 3 of the 4 years. But, he did not have as good a college tennis career as expected based on his junior records. Therefore, we stopped having too much hope from him on mens tour. However he has stepped up & made us take notice with this title just when we were ready to write him off .

Go Jeevan.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby jayakris » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:27 am

Here is the page with all our celebration when Jeevs won the Offenbach title back in 2006.
Junior Circuits Abroad for Indian Kids thread - June 2006
Gosh, was it 5.5 years back? We had to wait that long to celebrate jeevan again? ... But I am glad that he is still standing. Come on Jeevs, keep it up! Jay

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby jaydeep » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:22 am

Thanks Sameer for starting this thread ... This week he was looking in zone and focused ... He take full advantage of his opponents weakness ... He has very steady game, he can hit ball both side of courts ... He avoid playing backhand and always try to take ball on his forehand side ... Having good serve with punch in it, which helped him here whenever he was under pressure ... Looking fit but adding some muscles will help him.

Also what I noticed he and Saketh were bringing back their concentration back in the game very quickly after any disputed call by linesman or chair umpires ... Other players (including our top players like Yuki, Karan, Vijayant etc) were throwing racquets, hitting ball outside the court or keep talking ... May be Jeevan and Saketh learn this mind-controlling trick through college tennis, just my hunch.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby bujilover » Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:55 pm

jaydeep wrote:Also what I noticed he and Saketh were bringing back their concentration back in the game very quickly after any disputed call by linesman or chair umpires ... Other players (including our top players like Yuki, Karan, Vijayant etc) were throwing racquets, hitting ball outside the court or keep talking ... May be Jeevan and Saketh learn this mind-controlling trick through college tennis, just my hunch.


200% Agreed.Add Rohan Gajjar , Karunuday Singh to the list too,they got upset with such bad calls and Rohan used to murmur a lot (till the end of the match )which actually played a major role in his quarters loss to James Marsalek in Chennai.I think they should just throw from the game and keep on concentrating then.

BTW,those who watched the Chennai ITF finals LIVE ,if u remember the chair umpire,he is the one who made such pathetic umpiring for the unforgettable James-Gajjar match.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby PKBasu » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:09 pm

Congratulations to Jeevan for a stirring comeback (especially in this forum), going from near-obscurity (and talk of a loss of motivation) after his college years to back where he belongs (near the top of the next rung of Indian tennis talent behind Somdev).

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby prassana » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:27 am

Wow!great stuff!!hpe he plays regularly frm nw on n :goodluck:

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby sameerph » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:33 am

Jeevan is at a career high of 661 this week. He should improve a few more spots in the rankings after this week. This will really help him to get into main draws of most of the futures next year & he has nothing to defend till September next year. So, the ranking can only go up.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby sameerph » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:00 am

Jeevan win his seond futures title in 3 weeks when won $10K title at Kolkata on clay beating Shriram Balaji 62 61 in final.

With 18 points from this title & 1 remaing to be added from last week,he will jump up close to 550 from just 5 tournaments.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby jayakris » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:15 am

What a tremendous story that the year ended with! So hopeful for a lot more exploits from Jeevs next year. Congratulations, Jeevs ... Jay

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby PKBasu » Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:23 pm

Fantastic month of tennis from Jeevan. Congratulations to him for making such a stirring comeback to the pro circuit after a relatively quiet college career in the US (and, it appears, also partly in Germany).

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby jaydeep » Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:59 pm

Yes, terrific turnaround for Jeevan after coming out of US college ... 5 Tournaments and he is nearing to enter into top-500.

Heartily congratulation Jeevan.

At $10K F12 India Futures, Kolkata (clay)

[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,661) bt Vignesh Veerabhadran (IND,1625) 61 63
[R2] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,661) bt (5) Kaza Vinayak Sharma (IND,810) 62 61
[QF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,661) bt (1) Junn MItsuhashi (JPN,376) 5-1 Retd
[SF] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,661) bt (4) Karunuday Singh (IND,662) 64 61

[F] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,661) bt N. Sriram Balaji (IND,1016) 62 61

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby sameerph » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:11 pm

Intrestingly in the 2 titles he won he lost only 1 set to Ranjit in 12 matches. That was quite a dominant show by Jeevan. I did not see Shriram play in the final but as per reports, he has bis shots as has Karunuday whom he beat in the SF ( SImilar was the case with Vishnu in Pune final). That shows Jeevan's skills where he is able to dominate players who have bigger shot making ability.

Jeevan says he will be training with Mahesh Bhupathi ( apparently alongwith Rohan Boapnna & Sania Mirza) at Mumbai after a few days. It is good that our senior players are taking youngsters ( Somdev with Sanam & Mahesh/ Rohan with Jeevan) with them for off seaon training. That should help the youngsters quite a lot,

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby jaydeep » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:23 am

Good to know that Jeevan and Sriram Balaji completed 8 days training camp in Mumbai with Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza under Scott Davidoff.

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Re: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan thread

Postby cricketics » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:21 pm

Today I saw him play for the very first time. It took me back to the time when Suresh Raina first came to the INdian cricket team. Jeevan too has similar raw talent. I think we need to work on him. He should get the right sponsors. He has everything in him to play top class tennis. He was playing pretty well. Balaji played some ordinary shots in the 2nd set, but that didn't put Jeevan down, he kept trying his best to bring the team back to the game.

Inexperience of both cost them the game, but I was mighty impressed by the approach of Jeevan. That four-hand was top sight in the final game.


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