Bhambri sends World No 12 Poulie packing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 11:09:18


INDIAN Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri registered the biggest win of his career as he toppled world number 12 Lucas Pouille to breeze into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters, here.In a stunning performance, the 110th ranked Yuki, who qualified for the main draw, dispatched the ninth seed Frenchman 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 19 minutes.

The win is the biggest for the 25-year-old Indian, who had shocked the tennis world by demolishing Citi Open defending champion and world number 22 Gael Monfils in August 2017.Yuki had beaten world number 16 Fabio Fognini in 2014 at the Chennai Open but the Italian had retired from that match due to a fitness issue.
“I served well and played aggressive which was the key,” Bahmbri told PTI.“I just kept going at him and taking my chances which thankfully paid off,” he said further.Asked how he has started doing extremely well against top players of late, considering that now he has two wins over top-25 players in last six months, Bhambri said, “I have had an opportunity to play them. If I keep giving myself the opportunity on the big stage, I will grab some of them.”

“I would like to keep being consistent with it.” The win has already ensured Bhambri 45 ranking points and USD 47,170.He will next take on tall American world number 21 Sam Querry, who ousted Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5.Rohan Bopanna was ousted from the men’s doubles in the first round with Edourad Roger-Vasselin.World No 1 Federer wins rain-delayed matchWORLD number one Roger Federer picked up where he left off, winning the four games he needed to defeat Federico Delbonis on Monday after their match was interrupted the night before by rain.
Federer returned to stadium court on Monday afternoon and needed an hour to finish off his second round victory 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

His title defence got off to a soggy start Sunday night when play was suspended because of rain showers with Federer up a set and tied 2-2 in the second.Novak Djokovic oustedJAPANESE qualifier Taro Daniel sent five-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the Indian Wells Masters with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1 victory.It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

“For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour. Very weird,” Djokovic said. “I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything. Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks.”Djokovic scrambled to win the second set but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel.Djokovic had four aces but overall he served poorly making four double faults and winning just 65 per cent of his first-serve points.Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round where he will face Gael Monfils of France who outlasted American John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5.