For Rohan Gajjar, it was about making every point work in his favour. The energetic 27-year-old chased down every ball and took his chances when it mattered to defeat wildcard Saketh Myneni 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the $15000 ITF Men’s Futures tournament.
Starting off badly at the DLTA on Thursday, Gajjar kept playing his hard-hitting game to unnerve Myneni, who had got rid of Karan Rastogi and Jeevan Neduchezhiyan.
Coming off a recent hamstring injury, Gajjar’s stamina and footwork worked in his favour. He has been working hard on fitness and that showed as he chased down every ball. No matter where Myneni tried to place a return, Gajjar was waiting for him.
Gajjar plays the semis against Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan, who caused the biggest upset. He toppled top seed Junn Mitsuhashi of Japan 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Results: Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (7) bt Junn Mitsihashi (1, JPN) 2-6 6-1 6-3; Rohan Gajjar (8) bt Saketh Myneni 3-6 7-6(5) 7-5; Daniel Cox (4, GBR) bt N.Sriram Balaji 6-3 6-0; Vishnu Vardhan (2) bt Vijayant Malik (5) 6-1 6-0 .