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2016 IPTL HYDERABAD Day Eight: Hosts INDIAN ACES, already assured of a place in the title clash, suffered a 20-24 defeat against UAE ROYALS *GIF Uae Royals celebrate* *GIF Berdych interview on court*

Posted on December 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM


Team UAE Royals: Tomas Berdych, Pablo Cuevas, Martina Hingis, Goran Ivanisevic, Ana Ivanovic, Thomas Johansson, Daniel Nestor and coach John-Laffnie De Jager.





Indian Aces lose 20-24 to UAE Royals ahead of IPTL final


India suffered a 20-24 defeat against UAE Royals in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on Saturday.


Hosts Indian Aces, already assured of a place in the title clash, suffered a 20-24 defeat against UAE Royals in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on Saturday.


Thomas Johannson routed Mark Philippoussis 6-2 in the legends singles after being up 5-0 in the 24-minute lop-sided contest.


Kirsten Flipkens pulled one back for the Indian Aces with a 6-3 win over former world number one Ana Ivanovic in the women's singles in 27 minutes.


Home favourites Sania Mirza, playing at her home turf after a long time, and Rohan Bopanna suffered a tame 3-6 defeat at the hands of Daniel Nestor and Ivanovic in just 22 minutes as Royals increased lead to four points.


Bopanna though returned with Ivan Dodig to narrow the deficit to one point with a 6-3 win in the men's doubles against Pablo Cuevas and Nestor. They got crucial break in the eighth game and served out the set in the ninth.


It all boiled down to the men's singles in which Tomas Berdych got the better of Dodig 6-3 to seal the issue for the Royals. The Czech got the crucial break in the eighth game.


In a repeat of 2015 final, Indian Aces will challenge defending champions Singapore Slammers for the title on Sunday.

 



 Hyderabad, India | Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Pablo Cuevas, Tomas Berdych and Goran Ivanisevic, all members of the UAE ROYALS.







The beautiful Ana Ivanovic said goodbye as the UAE Royals bowed out with a consolation win (24-20) against the Indian Aces























Team spirit UAE ROYALS celebrate 

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Results IPTL 2016 Day Eight Hyderabad, India on Saturday, December 10, 2016








Hyderabad, India | Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tomas Berdych is interviewd on court


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With the INDIAN ACES and the SINGAPORE SLAMMERS qualifying for the grand finale, here's how the standings table took shape.







The INDIAN ACES

Indian Aces will now challenge defending champions Singapore Slammers for the IPTL 2016 title on Sunday






The UAE Royals go out on a positive note as they get a 24-20 win over finalists, Indian Aces.







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