Yuki beats Prajnesh, to face Ramkumar next in Dubai Qualifiers

Comeback-man Yuki Bhambri, who is competing on a Protected Ranking, knocked out the seventh seed Prajnesh in straight sets in the qualifier on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Yuki is now up against another compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan, who knocked out sixth seed Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-4-6-4.   -  AFP

Comeback-man Yuki Bhambri proved he is back to his best with a convincing win over India number one Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Qualifiers of the Dubai Duty Free Championships, on Saturday.

Yuki, who is competing on a Protected Ranking (PR) knocked out his seventh seed compatriot 6-1 6-4 in the opening round of the USD 2,048,855 hard court tournament. Yuki has not lost to Prajnesh in three meetings. He had beaten the left-hander twice in 2017 -- Bangalore and Karshi.

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Yuki recently returned to competitive tennis after more than two years of injury-forced break when he competed at the Singapore Open, where he lost to Matthew Ebden. The 28-year-old is now up against another compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan, who knocked out sixth seed Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-4-6-4.

In his five matches against Ramkumar, Yuki has emerged winner on four occasions.

The all-Indian second round means that at least one player from the country will compete in the main draw of the prestigious ATP 500 event.

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