Prajnesh beats Tipsarevic in Antalya; Ramkumar into Wimbledon qualifiers second round

India's top-ranked men's singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran will face Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round of Antalya Open.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran advanced to the second round of Antalya Open. (File Photo)   -  AFP

India’s top-ranked men’s singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran cruised into the second round of the Antalya Open ATP 250 tournament with a straight-set win over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic on Monday.

The 94th ranked Prajnesh, the last direct entrant in the draw, served eight aces, to six by the 286th ranked Tipsarevic, and converted three breakpoints before winning 6-0, 7-6 in the first round.

The Serb was returning to the circuit with a protected ranking, after having lost the first round in French Open singles and quarterfinals of doubles.

Gunneswaran’s brilliant performance against former world number eight Tipsarevic would do his confidence a world of good ahead of the Indian’s second round clash against Itay's Lorenzo Sonego.

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In the first round of the Wimbledon qualifiers, India's Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Lucas Lacko 6-3, 6-2 while Saket Myneni crashed out with a 4-6, 6-4, 5-7 defeat against Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain.

Ramanathan will face Poland's Kamil Majchrzak in the second round of the qualifiers on Tuesday.

India's Divij Sharan and Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner advanced to the men's doubles second round in Antalya with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Turkish pair Tuna Altuna and Cem Ilkel.

Jump in rankings

Sumit Nagal jumped 27 places to be ranked 224, close to his career best ran of 213, after reaching the semifinals of the Challenger in Slovakia.

Sumit had beaten the top seed Martin Klizan along the way, before losing to the eventual champion Norbert Gombos.

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