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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby bujilover » Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:20 pm

This week, Purav is playing in the Beijing Open ATP 500 with Florian Mayer.

They upset the second seeds in R1 of Qualifying draw and play Lorenzi/PELLA pair in final round.

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Postby jaydeep » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:18 pm

Dinesh, please follow it same in tournament thread.

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:27 pm

Divij-Purav having tough draw against top-seed Spanish pair.

At $717K Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs (1) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP)

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby sameerph » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:54 am

Tough draw for them this week.

Purav is at his career high ranking of 70 while Divij is ranked at 66, 3 spots below his career high. Divij has 48 points to defend for rest of the year while Purav has 65 to defend. This week will mostly be the last ATP tournament that they can play this year.

So, hope they can win a couple of rounds this week. Mostly they will play at least 2-3 challengers in rest of the year. Another challenger title would put them in comfortable position to get direct entry into Australian open.

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:17 pm

Divij-Purav lose their match in match tie-break against top-seed Spanish pair ... After losing the first set Divij-Purav fought back winning the second but Spanish pair proved too strong them in match tie-break.

At $717K Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) l (1) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)/ Marcel Granollers (ESP) 46 64 4-10

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:29 pm

Purav and Divij r playing in German challenger and facing local wild-card pair.

At $50K+H Eckental Challenger, Germany

[R1] (2) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs (WC) Maximilian Marterer (GER)/ Andreas Mies (GER)

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Postby PKBasu » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:15 am

Purav now at a career-high ranking of 66, Divij just two slots below his career high of 63.

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:56 am

Nice interview of Divij and Purav covered by PTI.

Purav Raja and Divij Sharan seek respect for doubles players
Asked how they have evolved as a team after joining forces for the second time, Sharan said they have changed tactics a lot.
“We play different formations. Our positioning and volleying is our strength, so tactically we are doing a lot better. It’s better understanding of doubles. We know our strengths better and whatever we have learnt we have put everything together and it shows in the results,” Sharan, who plays on deuce side of the court, said.

Raja added they are much more “aggressive than we have ever been”.
“We are playing a lot more ‘Eye-Formation’ to help us out, we are beating a lot of teams from baseline. We do the same thing over and over again. We can’t cover everything on the court. It’s a mathematical probability that we are trying to work out a formula to get more and more points, doing same stuff. He is a specialist on Deuce court and I am comfortable at the Ad-court. It’s a good combination of touch and power.”

“We have played higher-ranked teams and beaten them. It’s more about how we can play bigger tournaments, which have more points. We would now fancy our chances against some of the big teams,” Sharan said with confidence.
“We would love to go down as a famous Indian pair but that requires us to win Grand Slams. I believe we can do it, it takes a lot to win those Slams, we need to put in more effort,” added Raja when asked if they see themselves becoming well-known pairs such Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.

“From next year, we should be making the Grand Slams. It’s just about kind of getting into the big league, playing those matches. In doubles anything can happen. It’s unpredictable. If you ask a singles player ranked like us, it would be difficult for him but in doubles, level is almost same,” Sharan said.
“You name a top-20 player and we have played them. Level is same, just one or two points here and there. It’s about winning those seven matches in a row. That makes good teams great team. We hope to be there,” Raja said further.

Raja though said they have reached a stage in their career when they need a trainer and coach to travel with them.
“We are getting into 30s, the prime years of doubles. We will invest if someone can help us out for a trainer. That makes a big difference. It’s one or two percent that makes the difference.”

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby Omkara » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:16 am

Getting a trainer to travel is always tough. You need to make enough money to do so. Making into GS is important else money in doubles in general is poor.

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:39 pm

Purav-Divij needed comeback win after losing the first set against local wild-card pair ... Next they r facing French-German combination.

At $50K+H Eckental Challenger, Germany

[R1] (2) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) bt (WC) Maximilian Marterer (GER)/ Andreas Mies (GER) 36 63 11-9

[QF] (2) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Kevin Krawietz (GER)/ Albano Olivetti (FRA)

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:26 pm

Surprising straight sets loss for Divij-Purav against French-German combination.

At $50K+H Eckental Challenger, Germany

[QF] (2) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l Kevin Krawietz (GER)/ Albano Olivetti (FRA) 46 26

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby sameerph » Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:56 pm

DiPu are playing in Slovakia this week.

At $100K(+H) Bratislava Challenger, Slovakia

[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Andrej Martin (SVK)/ Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT)

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby prashanthm » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:56 pm

$100K(+H) Bratislava Challenger, Slovakia

[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) d. Andrej Martin (SVK) / Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) 64 60

Straight set win for DiPu...... :clap:

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby jaydeep » Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:27 pm

Divij and Purav scored impressive dominating win over veteran but former top-10 doubles Austrian players (Jurgen was top-10 in the singles also) ... Next they r facing pairing of Istomin and Elgin.

At $100K+H Bratislava Challenger, Slovakia

[QF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt Julian Knowle (AUT)/ Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 61 62

[SF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) vs Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Denis Istomin (UZB)

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Re: Divij Sharan / Purav Raja (pair) thread ...

Postby prashanthm » Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:36 pm

Wow! That is a super impressive win for DiPu against a high quality pair... :clap:


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