Bengaluru November 12: On a day of upsets, Sumit Nagal, awarded a Wild Card, took the first step towards defending his title when in a rematch of last year’s final, ousted seventh seed Jay Clarke in the opening round of the USD 150,000 Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger at the KSLTA here on Monday.
The 21-year-old took just about two hours to register a straight set 6-4, 7-5 victory amidst loud cheers from stands.
In another upset, Turkey’s Cem Ilkel outlasted second seed Marco Trungelliti of Argentina in 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in over two and a quarter hours. The only other seed to play today – fifth seed Marc Polmans of Australia was stretched by his countrymate Maverick Banes before overcoming 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In the doubles, it he turn of the Indian duo of Arjun Kadhe and Saketh Myneni to send the favourites fourth seeded Ratiwatana brothers Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 to enter the last eight stage.
“I think it was a better match last year with both of us in good shape,” admitted Sumit.
Meanwhile, India’s Mukund Sasi Kumar breezed past Frenchman Mick Lescure 6-1, 6-1 to make it to the main draw. The other Indian Siddharth Vishwakarma went down to Youssef Hossam of Egypt 4-6, 4-6 in the final qualifying round.
Results (Round-1) (Prefix denoted seeding, parenthesis denotes country): Men’s Singles: 5- Marc Polmans (Aus) bt Maverick Banes (AUS) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2; W-Sumit Nagal bt 7-Jay Clarke 6-4, 7-5; Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) bt Scot Griekspoor (NED) 6-3, 6-2; Cem Ilkel (TUR) bt 2-Marco Trungelliti (ARG) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3); Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) Vs. James Ward (GBR)
Men’s Doubles: W-SD Prajwal Dev (IND) / Niki Poonacha (IND) bt Alexander Pavlioutchenkov (RUS) / Filip Peliwo (CAN) 1-6, 7-6 (3), 10-2; Max Purcell (AUS) / Luke Saville (AUS) bt Chandril Sood (IND) / Lakshit Sood (IND) 6-2, 6-2; Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) bt 4-Sanchai Ratiwatana (THA) / Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 6-3, 3-6, 11-9; Blaz Kavcic (SLO) / Tristan-Samuei Weissborn (AUT) bt Radu Albot (MDA) / Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-4, 7-5.
Qualifiers Round -3: Youssef Hossam (EGY) bt W-Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND) 6-4, 6-4; 7-Mukund Sasi Kumar (IND) bt Mick Lescure (FRA) 6-1, 6-1; 4-Piros Zsombor (HUN) bt 8-Zizou Bergs (BEL) 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-3; Sebastian Fanselow (GER) bt Khumoyun Sultanov (UZB) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.