Prajnesh exacts revenge on Fabbiano

Last Updated 26 October 2018, 14:12 IST

India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran knocked out third seed Thomas Fabbiano of Italy to seal his place in the semifinals of the Liuzhou Challenger in China on Friday.

The win enabled Prajnesh to exact sweet revenge over Fabbiano, who had defeated the Indian in the final of the Ningbo Challenger last week.

Prajnesh came from behind to beat the Italian 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-3 in the battle of baseline, having lost to him the title clash last week.

Prajnesh struck the ball hard, retrieving almost everything thrown at him and found some delectable winners on both flanks.

Asked how he managed to beat Fabbiano this time around, Prajnesh said the conditions suited him better.

"The courts were a bit slower and it suits my game more. I played well. It was not the best in the first set. I had my chances but did not play well when I was close to getting the break of serves," Prajnesh told PTI.

"In the second set I really played well. I got an early break and played well to finish the set. The third set was very close, could have gone either way. I saved a breakpoint at 3-3. I broke at 4-3 and served very well in the last game of the match," he said.

Prajnesh finished the two-hour eight-minute battle with an ace, serving at love.

In the doubles, fourth seeds N Sriram Balaji and Saketh Myneni lost 7-5, 0-6, 5-10 in the semifinal to second seeds Mao-Xin Gong and Ze Zhang.

(Published 26 October 2018, 14:03 IST)

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