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Mankad advances to pre-quarters

Tumkur: India’s Harsh Mankad advanced to the pre-quarter finals of the $25,000 ATP Challenger Series here on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over compatriot Karan Rastogi.

On a mixed day for India, another wild card, Somdev Dev Varman, bowed out in the first round, losing 4-6, 4-6 to Italy’s Leonardo Azzaro.

Top seed and world number 195, Michal Mertinak of Slovakia beat France’s Laurent Recouderc 6-2, 6-3.

Now, Mankad is the sole Indian hope after compatriot Sunil Kumar Sipaeya also fell at the first hurdle, losing 7-5, 2-6, 3-6 to seventh seeded Oliver Marach of Austria. Mankad will now meet Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

OTHER RESULTS: Stephane Bohli (Sui) bt Zbynek Mlynarik (Aut) 6-3, 6-2; Dieter Kindlmann (Ger) bt Branislav Sekac (Svk) 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles: James Auckland/Lee Childs (GBR) bt Somdev Dev Varman/Karan Rastogi (Ind) 7-5, 6-2; Ota Fukarek/Michal Tabara (Cze) bt Kamala Kannan/Rishi Sridhar (Ind) 6-3, 7-5. (PTI)

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