Arjun Khade survived a match point to upset seventh-seeded American Michael Shabaz 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-1 in the first round of the $10,000 ITF Dharwad Open futures tennis tournament at Dharwad on Tuesday.

After losing the first set and facing an early exit at 5-6 in the second set tie-breaker, Khade staged a gallant comeback to win the second set before breezing through the decider to clinch victory.

Sriram Balaji and Sanam Singh, the top two seeds respectively, sailed into the second round with facile victories at the Dharwad District Lawn Tennis Association courts.

The results (Indians unless specified): Sriram Balaji bt Ajai Selvaraj 6-0, 6-4; Jeroen Benard (Ned) bt Neeraj Elangovan 6-2, 6-3; Sidharth Rawat bt Kunal Anand 6-2, 7-5; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt William Kendall (USA) 6-2, 6-3; Vignesh Peranmallur bt Shahbaaz Khan 7-6(5), 6-2; Vijayant Malik bt Fariz Mohammed 6-2, 6-1; Sanam Singh bt Rajat Maheshwari 6-2, 6-1; Arjun Khade bt Michael Shabaz (USA) 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-1; Sergei Krotiouk (Rus) bt Lorenz Ilg (Ger) 6-4, 6-2; Torsten Wietoska (Ger) bt Ashwin Vijayaraghavn 6-4, 6-4; Lakshit Sood bt Jatin Dahiya 7-6(3), 6-4; Luca Margoroli (Sui) bt Vikram Naidu 6-7(5), 6-1, 7-5.

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