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Chennai Open ATP Challenger: Sasikumar Wins, Sumit Nagal Bows Out

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In the ongoing Chennai Open ATP Challenger, two of India’s young firearms displayed totally unique exhibitions on Tuesday. Sasikumar Mukund’s noteworthy execution helped him beat his German opponent Sebastian Fanselow 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

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While in the interim round, Sumit Nagal was bowed out as he lost to Korea’s eighth-seed Duckhee Lee 3-6, 4-6 in the ATP Challenger tournament.

Sasikumar Mukund vs Sebastian Fanselow

Mukund played familiar, attacking tennis to defeat his German opponent. He began strongly and held his serves with power. Fanselow battled yet held serve in his opening game. From two-all, Mukund won 12 of the following 13 to proceed 5-2.

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The German clutched his serve after extraordinary trouble to paw back to 3-5. Mukund then spared the main break point against him with an ace and then proceeded to win the following two to secure the first set 6-3.

Impressive win for Sasikumar Mukund. Source: TOI

The Indian was playing cautiously in the second set, anchoring a break in the absolute first diversion and started to discover the lines with more prominent consistency. Fanselow held serve in the third diversion yet Mukund won 16 of the following 20 points to record a direct success.

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Mukund will next play against third-seeded Mohammed Safwat of Egypt. Safwat crushed Andrea Pellegrino of Italy 6-3, 7-5 in a clinical showcase.

Chennai Open Tennis: Other matches of the day

In another experience, previous Wimbledon Junior Doubles champion Nagal attempted to discover his serving rhythm. But it was Korean Duckhee Lee, won the fir set by 6-3. In the second set, the duo traded one service break each. At 4-4, Lee held serve and broke Nagal in the tenth game easily to move into the following round.

Sumit Nagal bows out of the tournament. Source: Sportstar – The Hindu

In another match, Khelo India Games Under-21 champ, Manish Sureshkumar lost against Brydan Klein of Britain, in straight sets.

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In the doubles, Italian pair Gianluca Mager and Andrea Pellegrino stunned the third-seeded Indian duo Arjun Khade and Saketh Myneni.

Top-seeded Prajnesh Gunneswaran will open his battle on Wednesday (February 6) against Daniel Altmaier of Germany. 11th seed Saketh Myneni will confront compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth. Arjun Khade will be playing against thirteenth seed Jose Hernandez-Fernandes of the Dominican Republic.


Men’s singles

Luke Saville (Aus) beat Moez Echargui (Tunisia) 7-6 (9-7), 6-1;

Brydan Klein (GBR) beat Manish Sureshkumar 6-2, 6-3;

Alexander Zhurbin (Russia) beat Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Spain) 6-2, 6-4;

Collin Altamirano (USA) beat Kaito Uesugi (Japan) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(8);

Ian Gakhov (Russia) beat Dayne Kelly (Aus) 7-6, 6-3.

Second round:

Mohamed Safwat (Egypt-X3) beat Andrea Pellegrino (Italy) 6-3, 7-5;

Sasikumar Mukund (X16) beat Sebastian Fanselow (Ger) 6-3, 6-1;

Duckhee Lee (Kor-X8) beat Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-4;

Andrew Harris (Aus) beat Tsung-Hua Yang (Taipei) 6-2, 6-1;

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spain-X5) beat Renta Tokuda (Japan) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3;

Nicola Kuhn (Spain-X10) beat Antoine Escoffier (Fra) 4-6, 7-6(5) 4-0 (retired).

Men’s doubles

1st Round:

Sidharth Rawat and Manish Sureshkumar beat Anirudh Chandrasekar and Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-5;

Gianluca Mager and Andrea Pellegrino (Italy) beat Arjun Kadhe and Saketh Myneni (X3) 7-6(4), 6-3;

Matt Reid and Luke Saville (Aus-X1) beat Blake Ellis and Bradley Mousley (Aus) 7-6(4), 6-4.

N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (Ind) and Rubin Statham (NZ) beat Byran Klein (GBR) and Toshihide Matsui (Japan) 6-4, 6-4;

Nam Hoang Ly (Vietnam) and Sumit Nagal beat Ivan Nedelko and Alexander Zhurbin (Russia) 6-1, 6-2.

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