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Ramkumar stuns Somdev

Chennai: Wild card entrant Yuki Bhambri on Tuesday sprung a surprise by upsetting higher-rated Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain to enter the second round, even as compatriot Somdev Dev Varman was shocked in the first round, at the ATP Chennai Open, here.

Yuki, ranked 195 in the world, took 76 minutes to stun 64th ranked Busta 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round to set up a clash against third seed Fabio Fognini of Italy in the pre-quarter finals.

Yuki, in all probability, will make the quarter-finals without having to play as Fognini, who was partnering Indian ace Leander Paes, has pulled out from the men’s doubles due to a strain in his left leg.

A statement from the organisers read that Fognini has withdrawn from the doubles due to an injury and was being monitored by doctors. He will take a call on his participation in the singles event by Wednesday evening.

Somdev was shown the door in the opening round by qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan in a marathon 147-minute duel.

Somdev squandered a set lead to go down 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 against the less-fancied Ramkumar, ranked 526 in the ATP circuit.

Later, Somdev was full of praise for Ramkumar and said that the youngster deserves the victory. “Hope Ramkumar continues to do the right things and not get carried away as he has a bright future.

“He is a fantastic player. He played fabulous tennis and you got to give him credit. He played some high risk shots and succeeded,” he said.

Talking about the match, Somdev said: “It is never easy. It was disappointing to lose. I need to go back to the drawing board and start thinking about the next tournament.”

Ramkumar, on the other hand, said he was so nervous that he could not serve well at the start. “Som (Somdev) is a great player. It was good to win today.”