Calcutta: Rohan Bopanna created a quite a flutter at the $25,000 Bangkok Challenger on Tuesday.
According to information received here, the big-serving 23-year-old tossed out top seed Hyung Taik-lee 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the first round. Lee, runner-up to Paradorn Srichaphan at the Busan Asian Games, is ranked No. 86 in the world.
This is easily Bopannaís biggest career win, all the more creditable because he was a wild-card entrant. Ironically, he hasnít yet been granted a wild card for the December 30-January 5 Tata Open in Chennai.
It will strengthen Bopannaís claim for a Davis Cup singles berth in the tie versus Japan in Delhi from February 7-9.
Itís the first time since Leander Paesí singles heydays that an Indian has scalped a top-100 player at the Tour level.
Paes, it may be recalled, ousted Marc Rosset and Pete Sampras the same week in 1998, as also Wayne Ferreira and Roger Federer the next season.