India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost the final of the Cary Challenger in North Carolina after a 6-3, 3-6, 0-6 defeat to second seed Denis Kudla of America on Sunday.

Fourth seed Prajnesh progressed to the final after receiving a walkover from Mikael Torpegaard, while Kudla beat third seed Daniel Galan 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4 to reach the summit clash.

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The 31-year-old Indian claimed two massive wins on his way to the final. He first got past former top-10 player Jack Sock in an energy-sapping 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6(5) win in the pre-quarterfinal.

Prajnesh then followed it up with another come-from-behind win over Thomaz Bellucci in the quarterfinal.

This was Prajnesh’s seventh Challenger finals. The 31-year-old Indian has won two title -- Anning (China, April 2018) and Bengaluru (November 2018).