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Yuki Bhambri stuns defending champ Gael Monfils at Citi Open in Washington

Yuki Bhambri, who entered the main draw of the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington via the qualifying rounds, beat the World No 22 Gael Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

tennis Updated: Aug 03, 2017 12:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Yuki Bhambri,Gael Monfils,ATP Citi Open
Yuki Bhambri returns to Gael Monfiles during their second round match of the Citi Open at the HG FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington on Wednesday.(Getty Images)

Yuki Bhambri continued his dream run at the ATP Citi Open in Washington, scalping the defending champion Gael Monfils in the second round on Wednesday.

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Bhambri, who entered the main draw of the ATP 500 tournament via the qualifying rounds, beat the World No 22 Frenchman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

The 25-year-old Indian will play Guido Pella of Argentina in the next round. Pella, who had accounted for qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first round, beat Mischa Zverev in the second to set up a meeting with the other Indian in the tournament.

Bhambri, who breezed through the qualifying draw of the tournament, progressed to the match against Monfils after his first-round opponent retired mid-way into the contest .

Bhambri was leading 7-5, 2-0 when American Stefan Kozlov pulled out due to a viral illness.

Bhambri was looking forward to the match against Monfils, confident of a good showing despite the overwhelming underdog tag.

“It’s a good test. We fight and work to play these kinds of matches and compete against the best, so it’s a good opportunity,” he had said. “He is the defending champion and a class player. I have nothing to lose.”

And Bhambri did play with that “nothing to lose attitude”, the mental freedom allowing him to start off the blocks faster than Monfils. The Frenchman took control of the second set but Bhambri fought back in the third, sealing one of the biggest wins of his career.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 09:21 IST