Saketh Myneni knocks out top seed semifinal berth, joined by Ramkumar, Yuki

Saketh Myneni consolidated his return into the professional circuit by toppling the No.1 seed Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in the quarterfinals of the KPIT $50,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Pune on Thursday.

It was a dream day for Indian men’s tennis, as Saketh was joined by Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri in the semifinals.

Saketh’s joy was complete when he, in partnership with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, made the doubles semifinals, albeit at the expense of the former Wimbledon junior doubles champion Sumit Nagal.

A versatile player, quite crafty with his all-court game, Saketh can be a handful for the best of players on his day. He fired 12 aces, converted five of eight breakpoints, saving as many as 11 breakpoints, to pull through a thriller in which he won one point less than his opponent’s 99.

In the semifinals, Saketh will challenge fourth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan who eased past fifth seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia.

Yuki was ruthless in dismissing Jay Clarke of Britain and will play the second seed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain.


The results:

Singles (quarterfinals): Saketh Myneni bt Blaz Kavcic (Slo) 7-6(5), 7-6(5); Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Nikola Milojevic (Srb) 6-1, 7-5; Yuki Bhambri bt Jay Clarke (GBR) 6-4, 6-0; Adrian Menendez_Maceiras (Esp) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) 7-5, 4-1 (retired).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Tomislav Brkic (BIH) & Ante Pavic (Cro) bt Evan King (US) & Lucas Medler (Aut) 6-4, 6-2; Saketh Myneni & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Naoki Nakagawa (Jpn) & Sumit Nagal 6-0, 6-3; Pedro Martinez & Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (Esp) bt Brydan Klein (GBR) & Marc Polmans (Aus) 6-2, 6-4.

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