Tata Open: Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan enter semi-finals 

Yuki Bhambri crashed out in the second round of the men's singles event of Tata Open 2022 on Thursday.

Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan in action at the Adelaide International. (Twitter: @AdelaideTennis)

The Indian challenge at Tata Open 2022 marched forward as the veteran pair of Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan entered the semi-finals of the men’s doubles category on Thursday. Bopanna and Ramkumar, playing their second ATP event together at the fourth edition of South Asia’s only ATP 250 tournament, withstood Austrian-Czech duo of Alexander Erler and Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6(7-3) 7-6(7-4) in the quarterfinals to remain in contention of the title. The veteran pair will face Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul in the last four round. 

However, it was the end of the campaign for Yuki Bhambri, who was knocked out in the second round of the men’s singles event at the Balewadi Stadium. The seasoned Indian campaigner lost 3-6, 2-6 to eight seed Stefano Travaglia of Australia. 

N Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan will also compete in the men’s doubles semi-finals after their opponents Gianluca Mager and Emil Ruusuvuori withdrew from the last-eight match due to injury concerns. The pair had earlier outclassed their Indian compatriots Arjun Kadhe and Purav Raja 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round on Wednesday. 

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Furthermore, Elias Ymer of Sweden created a major upset as he defeated World No.15 Aslan Karatsev of Russia in straight sets to enter the men’s singles quarterfinals. He won the second round match 6-2, 7-6(7-3) in one hour and 36 minutes.

The 25-year-old Ymer, who came through the qualifiers, started the game well and took an early 3-1 lead against Karatsev, who struggled to find his rhythm at the South Asia’s only ATP 250 event.

With 76 per cent of service points won, compared to Karatsev’s 47 percent, Ymer comfortably bagged the opening set.

“I was more focussed on my serves. When you serve well, you always win matches. I think the serve was the key,” Ymer said after his match.

World no. 163 Ymer started strongly in the tie-breaker by racing to a 3-0 lead and then maintained his fine touch to complete a sensational victory.

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