ISLAMABAD  - Sensational Aqeel Khan gave a tennis lesson to Heera Ashiq in the men's singles final of the 30th Federal Cup ranking Tennis Championship 2015 yesterday.

Aqeel completely outplayed Heera in his straight sets victory in just 48 minutes in the final. Aqeel started the first set on a slow pace. He comfortably held onto his serve to take 1-0 lead and had opportunities to break Heera's first serve but he failed to take advantage. Aqeel breaks Heera's 4th game and took the first set 6-2 in 28 minutes. Heera did manage to hold onto his first serve in the second set but it was all he could get in the set.

Aqeel played some clever backhand strokes down the baseline. Aqeel looked a bit nervy in the 7th game, when he was 0-30 down and then 30-40 down but he hit back-to-back aces to clinch the game and thus winning the second set 6-1 as well as the title. Aqeel also won the doubles crown partnering Shahzad Khan won the men's doubles title defeating M Abid/Usman Rafiq 6-2 ,6-4.ITF White Badge umpire Shahzad Akhtar Alvi conducted the finals. Waqar Nisar/Asad Niaz claimed the seniors 60 plus doubles title by beating Salim Saifullah Khan/Mehboob Khan in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Aqeel was awarded Rs45,000 cash and shield while Heera received Rs 25,000 cash and shield.

PTF president Salim Saifullah Khan graced the occasion as chief guest while patrons Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas and Brig Khalid Sajjad Khakhor, and President Islamabad Tennis Association Tariq Murtazawere among dignities who witnessed the final.

Aqeel termed he is playing one of the best tennis of his life and doesn't feel he is 34. “I feel like an 18 year old boy. As long as I am enjoying this form and playing competitive tennis, I would keep on playing.” When asked about how many titles he had won during his long illustrious career, Aqeel replied with broad smile, frankly I don't remember the number but I knew that I had won loads of titles and there is hardly any space in my house where I could keep my trophies.

He was very upset by the organisers despite having generous sponsor like Samsung the prize money was slashed to Rs45000. “Three years back I was getting Rs60000 winner’s prize. Why the amount has been reduced. It is highly unfortunate, for the last 3 years the Federal Cup was not conducted and I was hoping the organisers, keeping in mind long gap would certainly raise the prize money rather than reducing it further. I strongly recommend federation should look into this and ensure prize money should be a decent one.”