Yuki, Ashutosh in quarters

Yuki, Ashutosh in quarters

Fighting Shokeen runs top seed Takeuchi close


Second-seeded Vishnu Vardhan, too, advanced to the quarterfinal with a 6-4, 6-3 win over qualifier Vijay Kannan and so did fifth-seeded Divij Sharan who survived the first set onslaught from Purav Raja 7-6(1), 6-2 to set up a next round meeting with Yuki.

Ashutosh fought hard, bouncing back from a first set loss.

He next plays national champion and seventh seed Ranjeet Virali Murugesan who swept aside PC Vignesh 6-3, 6-2.

Top seed Kento Takeuchi of Japan encountered a strong fight from Vivek Shokeen, before winning 7-6(5), 6-4.

Later on the same court, fourth seed Yuki toyed with Vijayragavan to win in an hour and five minutes. Ashwin struggled with his serve and rhythm, straightaway losing five game before holding his serve for the first time in the sixth game. Yuki then served out the set.
The second set brought no reversal of fortunes for Ashwin as Yuki continue to dominate for a 4-1 lead. Ashwin broke Yuki in the sixth game but the Delhi boy immediately broke back and then held his serve to take the set and the match.

In the other pre-quarterfinal match, sixth-seeded Rohan Gajjar beat Vikram Reddy 6-0, 6-2, while eighth-seeded Rupesh Roy defeated wildcard Ronak Manuja 6-4, 6-2 to run into Vardhan in the next round.

In the doubles, the top seeded pair of Gajjar and Raja reached the semifinal beating Nitten Kirrtane and Ronak 3-6, 6-4, 13-11. They now face third-seeds Shokeen and Ashutosh who beat Kannan and German David Baxendine packing 6-4, 6-1.

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