Pune, November 20: Pune boy and wildcard Arjun Kadhe justified the wildcard given to him by the Organisors as he upset second seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan to enter the second round of the main draw at the KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger organized by MSLTA and PMDTA and played at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Tennis Complex here today.
In a match lasting 1 hour and 3 minutes local boy and wildcard Arjun Kadhe ranked 370 upset off colour second seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 6-2 to record his biggest win of the year and make it to the round of sixteen . It was the first meeting for Arjun and Ramkumar at the Challenger level, as both players have played more than two dozen times as juniors and ITF events in the past.
Kadhe looked solid from the start breaking the fast serving Ramkumar in the 6th game of the first set and in the 5th and 7th games in the second set.
In another upset of the day former top 100 player Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan now ranked a lowly 186 and semifinalist at Bengaluru last week upset fifth seeded Marc Polmans of Australia 6-2, 6-4
Another wildcard 21 year old Sasi Kumar Mukund also justified the wildcard allotted to him as he as took out his senior Saketh Myneni 6-4, 7-6(1) in a 1 hour 28 minute thriller in much awaited match , Mukund who was scheduled to play Saketh in the quarterfinals last week in Bengaluru has to pull out in warm ups itself due to a back spasm.
Winner of the Bengaluru Challenger and former finalist here Prajnesh Gunneswaran started the event where he finished last week playing fluent tennis to stop Tsung-Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour and 31 minutes and become the third Indian player to make the second round.
In the other match of interest for India top seeded Radu Albot of Moldova brought out all his experience to snub a fighting Sumit Nagal 7-5, 6-2 in 1 hour 29 minutes.