Indian Aces continued their impressive run in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League with a commanding 30-11 win over UAE Royals on the first day of the Singapore leg here.
It was the fourth win for the Aces in as many games in the competition that began last week in Manila.
The match started with the women's singles which saw world No. 5 Ana Ivanovic triumph over Kristina Mladenovic 6-2. The mixed doubles gave the crowd its first tie-break, with the experienced pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza prevailing over Kladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the five-minute shoot out to claim the set 6-5.
Next up was men's singles in which flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils outplayed reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-1.
In the legends' match, Fabrice Santoro dominated Goran Ivanisevic before the former Wimbledon champion had to be replaced by Zimonjic. Ivanisevic was nursing a hamstring strain going into the match. Though Zimonjic tried his best, he could not stop the dominance of Santoro. The Frenchman, who has won all his matches in the tournament, raced away to a 6-2 victory.
The final contest was the men's doubles which saw Bopanna and Monfils defeat a dispirited Cilic and Zimonjic 6-1.
Aces add a further four points to their tally while Royals will take some consolation from a single bonus point for winning more than 10 games.
On the IPTL experience, Cilic said: "So far I think the format is very interesting, everyone was talking about it from the start, I think it shows the team atmosphere and the team spirit brings the most wins and results."
"It's definitely exciting for the fans to interact with the players and see different things than they are used to. For players it's different, you have to be into the matches more than usual, emotionally and as a team. I think all the teams are very competitive, we've seen in Manila that the Singapore team has the biggest bench. They didn't do very well over there and they are a little bit sad about it, it makes them really competitive because nobody likes to lose," said Cilic.
Frenchman Monfils also gave his views on the initiative taken by former player Mahesh Bhupathi.
"For me I think it's good, it's fun and serious at the same time, and it's serious because we play four legs, but that's cool," he said.