Prajnesh Gunneswaran Out of Indian Wells After Losing To Ivo Karlovic

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Prajnesh bagged 61 ranking points with his stupendous effort at Indian Wells. Image Source: India Today

Prajnesh Gunneswaran‘s winning streak at Indian Wells came to an end after he lost 3-6, 6-7 to world No. 89 Ivo Karlovic in the third round early on Tuesday.

The Indian qualifier fought hard before losing 3-6 6-7(4) to the tall Croat, who fired 16 aces in the one hour and 13-minute contest.

 

Prajnesh, ranked 97, said as he could not convert any of the two break chances, “It was very difficult to return his big serve. I had some chances, I did not take them and that’s pretty much what decided the match.”

Playing his first singles main draw at the Masters level, Prajnesh had earlier upset world No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili and France’s Benoit Paire at the tournament.

Prajnesh satisfied with his performance

“Overall, it was a very good run. I am confident I will be able to do this again. Obviously, time will tell. Over a period of time, I should be able to deliver such results consistently.

“I am not sure if it will always be at the Masters, or a 250 (tournament) or a Grand Slam. I hope it happens at the bigger events.”

“At the end of the day, If I am consistently competing against these players and finding success then I am on the right track,” said the Chennai player.

 

Meanwhile, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Denis Shapovalov bowed out of the doubles after a 6-4 1-6 8-10 defeat against Novak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini in the second round.

 

Prajnesh jumping ATP rankings

Earlier in the year, Prajnesh played in the main draw of the Australian Open, becoming the fifth Indian since the turn of the century to qualify for the men’s singles main draw at a Grand Slam.

Last year, he had beaten then world No. 23 Denis Shapovalov at the Stuttgart ATP 250 event — the biggest win of his career before this Indian Wells performance.

World No. 97 Prajnesh is now likely to rise up to at least 80th in the ATP rankings.

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