Yuki Bhambri goes down fighting against Bedene in Dubai

Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri made a promising start but eventually lost 6-3, 1-6, 4-6 to the world number 59 Aljaz Bedene on Monday.

Yuki Bhambri was defeated by Aljaz Bedene in three sets in the first round of the men's singles event at the Dubai Duty Free Championships (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Qualifier Yuki Bhambri played well before being beaten 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 by the 59th ranked Aljaz Beene of Slovenia in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.

Yuki, playing only in his third tournament after returning from a two-year hibernation owing to injury, picked up 10 ATP points for qualifying into the main draw and collected $13,300.

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After competing in the ATP Tour event in Singapore on a protected rank, Yuki won the doubles title with Saketh Myneni in the $15,000 ITF tournament in Lucknow, before stepping it up in the ATP-500 event in Dubai.

He beat fellow Davis Cuppers Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan to make the main draw in Dubai.