Bengaluru, November 13: Coming from a country which does not boast much of a tennis legacy, Egyptian Youssef Hossam created the biggest flutter of the tournament when he toppled the top seed Radu Albot of Moldova, ranked 383 ranks above him, in the first round of the USD150,000 Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger being played at the KSLTA here on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old, who came through three tough qualifying rounds, was a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 winner.
“I was both nervous and confident. Nervous because I was playing the top seed and was cursing the draw and confident because I did not have anything to lose,” said Hossam after the victory.
In a minor upset, Slovenian Blaz Kavcic who was seeded No.1 in the last edition but unseeded this year, breezed past eighth seed Filip Peliwo of Canada 6-2, 6-0. Amongst the Indians, fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran wasted no time in brushing aside the challenge of Russian Ivan Nedelko with a 6-2, 6-2 victory while Wild Card entrant Saketh Myneni beat fellow Wild Card Adil Kalyanpur 6-3, 7-6(3). Qualifier Sasi Kumar Mukund also advanced to the last 16 stage defeating American Collin Altamirano 7-6 (6), 6-3. The last Indian in the main draw and wild card entrant Suraj Prabodh went down tamely to Frenchman Quentin Halys 3-6, 1-6.
The doubles matches also saw the top seeded Indo-German pair of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Kevin Krawietz crash out of the tournament losing to the duo of Slovakian Andrej Martin and Chilean Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 3-6, 6-3, 7-10.
Results (Round-1) (Prefix denoted seeding, parenthesis denotes country): Q-Youssef Hossam (EGY) bt 1-Radu Albot (MDA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; W-Saketh Myneni (IND) bt W-Adil Kalyanpur (IND) 6-3, 7-6(3); Blaz Kavcic (SLO) bt 8-Filip Peliwo (CAN) 6-2, 6-0; Q-Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND) bt Collin Altamirano (USA) 7-6 (6), 6-3; Q-Sebastian Fanselow (GER) bt Q-Zzombor Piros (HUN) 7-6 (3), 6-4; 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) bt Ivan Nedelko (RUS) 6-2, 6-2; 6-Quentin Halys (FRA) bt W-Suraj Prabodh (IND) 6-3, 6-1; Brayden Schnur (CAN) bt Max Purcell (AUS) 6-4, 7-6 (3); LL-Zizou Bergs bt Andrej Martin (SVK) 6-1, 6-2; Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) bt Danilo Petrovic (SRB) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles: Andrej Martin (SVK) / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) bt 1-Kevin Krawietz (GER) / Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7; Cheng-Peng Hsieh (TPE) / Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) / Marco Trungelliti (ARG) 6-1, 3-6, 10-3; 2-Purav Raja (IND) / Antonio Sancic (CRO) bt Romain Arneodo (MON) / Quentin Halys (FRA) 6-4, 6-7 (6), 11-9; 3-N Sriram Balaji (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt W-Sumit Nagal (IND) / Brayden Schnur (CAN) 6-4, 6-3.