Yuki, Ramkumar set up all-Indian first at the $50000 + Hospitality KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger
Pune, Nov 17: Third seeded Yuki Bhambri will clash with Ramkumar Ramanathan in an all-Indian first at the $50000 + Hospitality KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger, at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Tennis Complex courts on Saturday.
First up, Yuki Bhambri wrapped up Spaniard and No. 2 seed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-2, 6-4 in an encounter that hardly tilted away from the top-ranked Indian in an one hour 39 minute battle..
Later, fourth seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan won a battle of countrymen against wildcard and giantkiller Saketh Myneni 6-3, 6-2 in a short 47 minute encounter
In the first semifinal of the day, 25-year-old former champion Yuki continued his fine form against his the 127-ranked Spanish.
Backed by the partisan crowd, Yuki began Centre Court action on a high. After levelling 1-1 by holding serve, Yuki showed first signs of pushing the 32-year old Spaniard Menendez-Mace in the 3rd game. Yuki in his fit of resistance managed hold back two game points that the Spaniard gained, but fell short allowing the Spaniard to prevail on the third count and trail 1-2.
Thereafter, Yuki took control. With a hold-break sequence he went on to win five games in a row including breaks in the fifth and seventh games to close out 6-2.
The second set had Yuki jump to a 4-3 lead with a break, before faced stiff resistance by his opponent to hold and go up 5-3. In the next game, both Yuki and Adrian were locked in a battle royale in the ninth game. Forcing six break points, Yuki had the Spaniard comeback and hold serve, before returning to complete a 6-4 second set and dispose the last standing overseas player.
Men’s Singles, Semifinals: 3-Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt 2-Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) 6-2, 6-4
4-Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) b Saketh Myneni (IND) 6-3, 6-2