‘Shades of Rafa’ in Moutet’s win

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES SPORT - Vivek.Kr­ish­nan @times­group.com

Chen­nai: Right through the past week of the Chen­nai Open Chal­lenger, France’s Corentin Moutet has dis­played an air of ret­i­cence and tried to keep his dis­tance from the me­dia. While there was bound to be cu­rios­ity sur­round­ing the 19-year-old af­ter he had a train­ing stint with Roger Fed­erer in Dubai in De­cem­ber in the lead-up to the new sea­son, his coach Em­manuel Planque in par­tic­u­lar has largely been in­sis­tent that his ward be left alone.

Even af­ter the fi­nal at the SDAT Tennis Sta­dium here on Sun­day, which Moutet won 6-3, 6-3 against Aus­tralia’s An­drew Har­ris, Planque was a tad re­luc­tant be­fore al­low­ing the 19-yearold to bask in the glory of his third Chal­lenger ti­tle.

“I wanted to do the best I can on ev­ery point and get the better of him. It was a great week,” was all that Moutet said.

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