Madras: India’s big tennis hope Yuki Bhambri put up a valiant fight against sixth seed Robin Haase before losing his first round in the singles event of the ATP Madras Open.
Ranked 217, Yuki fought well before losing 5-7 3-6 in the opening round against his Dutch rival, ranked as high as 56.
However, Prakash Amritraj has entered the singles main draw after winning his final qualifying round. Amritraj came from a set down to edge past Briton James Ward 5-7 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes.
Playing under humid conditions, Yuki fought tooth and nail in the first set but made a crucial double fault in the 12th game to give one-set advantage to his rival.
In the second set also Yuki played extremely well as he the returns so well but the experienced Haase was equal to the task.
Haase pass 4-3 and then transfer paraphernalia to contribute in his forehand shot lips in to meet to realise four plot tips to fall apart Yuki in the 8th plot, which represent enough for the Dutch people to prevail his service to gain the lucifer.
Yuki had four break chances in the match but could convert none.
“I had few chances in both the sets but could not succeed. Quite a few opportunities to break his service games. Those few points made the difference,” Yuki said after the match.
“It was humid and it takes a toll. I had succeeded in staying with Robin in both the sets. But, Robin stepped up. I feel if I get lot more such chances to play against top 50 players, my progress will be upped,” he said.
In another the last passing lucifer, India have American Rajiv Ram also realise the of chief lot. Ram get under one’s skin the better of Kenny De Schepper of France 7-6 4-6 6-1 in two times of day and 22 minutes of arc.
Prakash plays Rufin Guillaume of France in the beginning turn tomorrow on Centre motor inn, while Rajiv Ram is pitted against Dudi Sela of Israel (rate 109).
“I am happy that progress is coming along. I have worked hard for 60 days for this tournament before entering the qualifying,” Amritraj said.
He also expressed wish to play for India again in the Davis Cup.
“I had my best moments of wins that have come along in Davis Cup matches. It was a great feeling. It was not a decision of AITA but the then sports minister brought in this rule (only Indian citizens to represent India in Davis Cup ties). It was his decision and now that there is a new minister and you will never know what he will do,” he said.
Meanwhile, eighth seeded Go Soeda of Japan breezed through to the second round with a clinical 6-1 6-2 win over Russian Evgeny Donskoy in just 59 minutes.
Soeda, a semifinalist last year, started off strongly, breaking Donskoy twice in the first set. For Donskoy, ranked 81, this was his sixth straight first round defeat.
An jubilant Soeda, he represent proud of to start the novel time of year on a inviolable annotation.
“I am happy winning the season’s opener. I had worked hard during the off season. Most importantly, I concentrated on my fitness levels before leaving Japan for Madras,” he said.