Zhuhai Challenger: Velotti’s retirement sends Yuki to semis

Unseeded Yuki Bhambri was leading 6-1 2-1 when Velotti threw in the towel, citing fatigue.

Yuki Bhambri was happy to progress to the semifinals of Zhuhai Challenger.   -  AFP

Yuki Bhambri made the first ATP Challenger level singles semifinals of the season when his Argentine rival Agustin Velotti retired midway into the contest, here on Friday.

Unseeded Yuki was leading 6-1 2-1 when Velotti threw in the towel, citing fatigue.

The contest lasted mere 47 minutes with the Argentine hardly posing a challenge to Yuki, who is playing on Protected Ranking (PR).

Yuki, marred by tennis elbow in 2016, had won a Futures title coming into this tournament and led India to a 4-1 win over New Zealand in the Davis Cup tie in Pune.

“He was tired, he said he played long matches and therefore was tired,” said Yuki.

Talking about his first semis appearance this season, Yuki said,”I am happy. It’s really tough tournament and even harder when you are not seeded. Just trying to keep my head down and staying focussed. Hope I can keep pushing and working hard and make most of the opportunities.”

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