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Aleksandr enters last 8

New Delhi: Top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan suffered some anxious moments at the RK Khanna Stadium here on Thursday, before reaching the quarter-finals of the Delhi Open ATP Challenger.

Pitted against Japanese rival Yuichi Sugita, the Kazak star unexpectedly dropped the first set before winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. The Japanese took a 4-1 lead in the final set but Nedovyesov came back strongly to take the match.

On a day when the star attraction of the meet, Somdev Devvarman, did not take the court, the local interest centred around the Indian doubles pair of Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh, who defeated the Indian-Chinese Taipei pair of N Balaji and Ti Chen 6-7, 7-6, 10-7 in an extended battle in the evening.

Another notable winner of the day was Frenchman Lucal Pouille, who conquered India’s Davis Cup player Yuki Bhambri, in the first innings. Pouille continued his good run by entering the semi-final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano.

On Friday, Somdev will take on China’s Ze Zhang in the quarter-final. Seeded second here, Somdev lost in the semi-finals of the two other ATP events in Chennai and Calcutta recently.