Three Indians, N Vijay Sundar Prashanth, Arjun Khade and Sumit Nagal moved to the second round of men’s singles main draw of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger 80 tennis tournament, on Monday.
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Vijay Sundar vs Carlos Boluda-Purkiss
Wild card entrant and local player Vijay Sundar Prashanth won against Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain by 6-2 2-6 6-2 in three sets. He started in stroke smoothly on both flanks and served with accuracy.
Prashanth broke his opponent twice in the first set score an easy win.
In the second set, the Spanish improved his first serve percentage and held his serve even after facing six break points. The Indian appeared to lose some concentration and lost two of his service games to let Boluda-Purkiss take the set 6-2.
N Vijay Sundar Prashanth proved better player on court as he scored superb victory over higher ranked Carlos Boluda-Purkiss 6-2,2-6,6-2 to reach 2nd round at Chennai #ATP challenger pic.twitter.com/dLYJeEisZv
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In the decider round, Prashanth found his form back and took advantage of his opponent’s short returns by moving forward and putting away crisp volleys. From 2-all he took the next four games to seal a second-round berth against his own countryman and 11th-seed Saket Myneni.
In other matches, an improved Arjun Khade handsomely won against Ivan Nedelko of Russia 6-4 6-1, while Submit Nagal won against David Perez Sanz of Spain in straight sets.
Sumit Nagal will now play against eighth seed Duckhee Lee of Korea in the next round.
Indian wild card entrant Abhinav Sanjeev lost in the opening round to Japan’s Rental Tokuda by 3-6 4-6.
French player Antoine Escoffier won quite easily by 6-2 6-2 against Evgenii Tiurnev of Russia.
In the qualifying draw, both the Indians Dhakshineshwar Suresh and Sidharth Rawat crashed out.
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