Yuki demolishes Ramkumar, Saketh goes down fighting
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 04 Jan 2017 08:53:41|
INDIAN Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri provided a fillip to his comeback bid by steamrolling local hero Ramkumar Ramanathan while Saketh Myneni fizzled out after early fight to bow out of ATP Chennai Open here on Tuesday.
Having lost crucial six months last year due to tennis elbow injury, Yuki made a good impression early in the season as he literally toyed with Ramkumar with a commanding 6-1, 6-1 win.
It was the most-talked about match from India’s perspective, considering that the country’s best singles players were playing but the match never rose to any heights, thanks to Ramkumar’s below par performance.
Even as Yuki’s real test begins now since he plays better opponents, qualifying for the main draw and then advancing to the second round would boost his game. Myneni, a wild card like Ramkumar, resisted Russian world number 57 Mikhail Youzhny before coping a 4-6, 3-6 defeat.
Yuki also proved that the faith posed in him by the selectors, who picked him in the Davis Cup squad despite low ranking, that if he is fit, he is the country’s best singles player.
“I did not take the foot off gas, kept getting the breaks. The scoreline may suggest it’s easy but it’s difficult to play Ramkumar in Chennai. There are still certain areas where I need to work on like I need to consistently serve and return better, it makes your life easy,” Yuki said after the contest.
In other matches of the day, eight seed Yen-Hsun Lu from Taipei outplayed Moldova’s Radu Ablot 6-2, 6-1 while Britain’s Aljaz Bedene fought past Russia’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-3, 6-3 in his opening round.
Also advancing to the second round was Argentina’s Renzo Olivo, who faced stiff resistance from wild card Casper Ruud from Norway 7-6(3), 6-2.