Yuki Bhambri, Mahesh Bhupathi go down in Dubai Tennis C’ships
Yuki Bhambri and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out in the first round of their respective categories as the Indian challenge came to an end at the $2.2 million Dubai Tennis Championships here on Tuesday.
Yuki got off to a brilliant start by clinching the first set before losing 6-2, 6-7(2), 0-6 to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic in the opening round of the men’s singles in an hour and 52 minutes.
The Indo-Pak combination of Bhupathi and Aisam ul-Haq Qureshi meanwhile, were no match for the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi, going down 4-6, 2-6 in one hour and eight minutes.
Despite his first round exit, Yuki will take home a lot of positives from his efforts at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre. The World No.107 gave a tough fight to an opponent who is ranked 56 places above him before eventually losing his early steam.
This was his second loss in as many matches to the Czech after also going down last year in a Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi.
The 23-year-old Bhambri got off to a brilliant start with 80 percent of his first services landing correctly into the box in comparison with Rosol’s 52 percent. Significantly, Bhambri did not let his much higher ranked opponent earn even a single breakpoint while on the other hand converting two of the three chances he got to close the first set in only eight games. The Indian was clearly the more dominant player in the first set, clinching 26 of the 41 points played.