With second seed Alexey Kedriouk taking on promising teenager Sanam Singh, much was expected from Wednesday at the $15000 ITF Men's Futures. The stage was set for an electrifying, action packed match and it turned out exactly that way.
After a keenly-contested match, which lasted 2hrs and 11 minutes, Kedriouk was made to bite the dust by the 17-year-old Sanam Singh, who won 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
A cool and calm Sanam - almost half his opponent's size - stunned Kedriouk very early in the match by breaking the Kazakh's serve twice in the first and third game to lead 3-0 in the first set.
The tall and bulky 25-year-old Kedriouk, however hit right back and broke Sanam's serve in the very next game but Sanam's powerful serves, backed by hard-hitting returns and a few calls in his favour, left the second seed bad tempered with his racquet eventually turning into a flying saucer. Sanam went on to grab the first set 6-4.
A fuming Kedriouk, however, managed to hold on to his nerve in the second set and a few well-timed shots enabled him to break Sanam's serve in the fourth game, as he led 3-1. Sanam's double fault in the sixth game cost him the set, with Kedriouk taking an invincible 5-1 lead and eventually winning the set 6-1.
The final set was a thriller with both players breaking each other's serves in the first two games. Sanam, leading 6-5, had a match point in the final game and a brilliant crosscourt forehand gave the young lad from Chandigarh an entry in to the third round.
In another match, top seed Rohan Bopanna drubbed unseeded Sunil Kumar Sipaeya 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 10 minutes to also cruise into the third round. He later went on to win his second round doubles match with Mustafa Ghouse 6-3, 6-4 against Ukraine's Vladislav Bondarenko and Bulgaria's Todor Enev.
Second Round: Sharan bt Pujo 6-2, 6-4, Nam bt Ashutosh 6-1, 6-3, Bopanna bt Sipaeya 6-3, 6-4, Sanam bt Kedriouk 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, Qureshi bt Dalla-Santa 7-6 (4), 6-4, Enev bt Lee 6-4, 6-0, Kondo bt Duclose 6-4, 6-2, Rastogi bt Liberhan 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles: Bopanna/Ghouse bt Bondarenko/Enev 6-3, 6-4, Kirtane/Raja bt Duclose/Jelenic 6-1, 7-6 (4), Kannan/Pathanjali bt Amritraj/K Kannan 7-6 (4), 6-3, Kedriouk/Sipaeya bt Sridhar/Uppal 6-3, 7-5.