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Yuki, Saketh in quarters of Samarkand Challenger

Yuki Bhambri

Samarkand (Uzbekistan): India’s Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni entered the singles quarterfinals of the USD 50,000 ATP Challenger event after scoring contrasting victories over their opponents, here today.

Seventh seed Yuki regrouped after a disastrous opening set for 1-6 7-5 7-6(1) win over Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the gruelling second round that lasted two hours and 21 minutes.

Saketh got past British qualifier Luke Bambrdige 6-3 6-2 in his second round in just 64 minutes.

Saketh faced only one break point in the whole match and that too he saved. He broke his rival thrice — twice in second set.

Yuki struggled to hold serve at the start, losing it three times to let Djere runs away with the opening set. However, the Indian youngster dug deep into his reserves and improved as the match progressed.

Since he has not played on Clay court for about four years now, it took Yuki some time to rework his strategy but managed to make right adjustments.

“It was a real test against a genuine clay court player. Playing on clay is a different ball game altogether. He played really well in the first set and I did not have much of a shot. I decided to focus on my service games,” Yuki said after his match.

“I made a few adjustments. I was still in hard court mode. I made more first serves and was a bit more patient in rallies as the balls comeback. Sliding on clay is a bit of alien to me so that got better too,” he added.

Yuki next faces third seed Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, with whom he won the doubles title last week at Karshi Challenger.

Saketh is up against eighth seed Briton Brydan Klein.

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