Yuki Bhambri, Leander Paes suffer defeats in ATP Challenger

The Indians were knocked out of their respective ATP Challenger Tour events on Friday.

Yuki Bhambri was playing the Surbiton Challenger in the U.K.   -  R. Ragu (File Photo)

India’s Yuki Bhambri and veteran Leander Paes were knocked out of their respective ATP Challenger Tour events on Friday.

Competing in the singles event of the Surbiton Challenger in Great Britain, Yuki went down fighting 6-7(6), 6-2, 5-7 to fifth seed German Dustin Brown, ranked 76 in the world, in the second round.

Brown is Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan’s partner in the doubles event and they are up against top seeded pair of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Marcus Daniell in the quarterfinals. They had overcome Britain’s Ken and Neal Skupski 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 11-9 in a gruelling opening round match of the EUR 127,000 grass court event.

Still competing on clay courts at Prostejov in Czech Republic, top seeds Paes and David Marrero lost their doubles semifinal match 3-6, 4-6 to third seeds Roman Jebavey and Hans Podlipinik-Castillo.

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