Yuki squanders three match points, bows out of Duabi event

Yuki Bhambri was well on course of an upset win over world number 51 Lukas Rosol but squandered three match points and made a first round exit from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, here on Tuesday. He lost 6-2, 6-7(2), 0-6 in one hour and 51 minutes.

The Indian wild card had three match points against the Czech in the 12th game of the second set, but could convert none and went on to lose seven games on the trot.   -  Getty Images

Yuki Bhambri was well on course of an upset win over world number 51 Lukas Rosol but squandered three match points and made a first round exit from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, here on Tuesday.

The Indian wild card had three match points against the Czech in the 12th game of the second set, but could convert none and went on to lose seven games on the trot.

He lost 6-2, 6-7(2), 0-6 in one hour and 51 minutes.

Yuki, ranked 107, had made a resounding start by taking the first set inside 20 minutes and was leading 2-0 in the second but allowed his rival to comeback.

After losing those match points, Yuki could never recover. He trailed 5-0 in the tie break before losing the set.

Yuki had lost to Rosol in India’s Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic and had a good chance to not only avenge his defeat but also gain some valuable points to better his rankings.

Later, Mahesh Bhupathi, who had entered the doubles event with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi as a wildcard, also suffered a first round exit.

The Indo-Pak pair lost 4-6, 2-6 to Italian duo of Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi in one hour and eight minutes.