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Ramkumar Ramanathan rallies to win
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The Indian bests Eubanks to advance to the second round

India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan bounced back from a set down to defeat Christopher Eubanks of the USA and advanced to the second round of the 2017 Western and Southern Open tennis here on Monday.

Ramkumar became the first Indian since Somdev Devvarman in 2013 to register a singles victory in an ATP Masters event.

After going down in the first set, the 22-year-old Indian rebounded strongly to register a 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 win over the American in an exhilarating opening round clash that lasted an hour and 48 minutes.

Ramkumar will meet either American Jared Donaldson or Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.

The rising Indian star had earlier booked his place in the main draw as a ‘lucky loser’ after France’s Gael Monfils pulled out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament because of illness.

Querrey cruises

In other matches, American 15th seed Sam Querrey cruised into the second round with a routine 6-3, 6-0 win over compatriot Stefan Kozlov.

Wimbledon semifinalist Querrey, 29, was barely tested by his 19-year-old wildcard opponent in the 51-minute match during which he dropped only four points on serve and did not even face one break point.

“Went out there and just kind of put my head down and went to work, and played a really solid match from start to finish. It felt good,” said Querrey, who since Wimbledon has won a tournament in Mexico and reached the Montreal third round.

Querrey will next face the winner of clash between Dutchman Robin Haase and France’s Adrian Mannarino.

Ivo Karlovic, who at 38 is one of the oldest players on the Tour, enjoyed a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over 24-year-old Czech Jiri Vesely while Italy’s Fabio Fognini, 30, held off Russian youngster Daniil Medvedev 7-6(5), 6-4.

In keeping with the trend of veterans beating youngsters, Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, 35, beat 21-year-old South Korean Chung Hyeon 7-6(5), 6-1. Unseeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet enjoyed a 6-4, 6-4 win over John Patrick Smith of Australia.

In women’s section, Madison Keys beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe for the second time in eight days with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Keys beat Vandeweghe in straight sets in the Stanford Classic final and while pushed a little harder on Monday, the 16th seed still had enough to get by her big-serving compatriot in just under two hours.

“CoCo is always going to be a tough person to have to try to get returns in,” Keys said. “She obviously raised her level in the second set, so then I had to as well in the third. From then it was just about who could get more balls in at the end.”

Keys, who has never advanced beyond the second round here, will next face unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Important results:

First round: Men: Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Christopher Eubanks 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4; Richard Gasquet bt John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4; Ivo Karlovic bt Jiri Vesely 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; Mitchell Krueger bt Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-1; Feliciano Lopez bt Chung Hyeon 7-6(5), 6-1; Fabio Fognini bt Daniil Medvedev 7-6(5), 6-4; Sam Querrey bt Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-0; Mischa Zverev bt Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.

Women: Petra Kvitova bt Anett Kontaveit 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-3; Lesia Tsurenko bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-0; Daria Gavrilova bt Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 7-6(6); Kiki Bertens bt Oceane Dodin 6-3, 6-0; Taylor Townsend bt Monica Puig 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Roberta Vinci bt Timea Babos 7-5, 7-5; Madison Keys bt CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Agencies



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