KOLKATA: Vishnu Vardhan survived two set tie-breakers to beat qualifier N. Prashanth in the pre-quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament, here on Wednesday. Rupesh Roy and Rohan Gajjar joined Vishnu in the quarterfinals by winning their respective pre-quarterfinal matches as the rest of the Indians bowed out of the singles event.
Vishnu, the National grasscourt champion, got into trouble early, losing the first set 4-6 against a hard-serving Prashanth. He, however, managed to tackle his inconsistency in the crucial moment as he levelled scores by winning the second set tie-break 7-6(5).
The decider also went to the tie-break again where Vishnu managed to hold his own again against his younger opponent.
Roy, who beat Purav Raja in straight sets, will take on top seed Alexander Satschko of Germany in the quarterfinals, while Vishnu comes up against Gajjar, who beat wild card Vijayant Malik in the pre-quarterfinals.
The results (prefix denotes seeding, all Indians unless specified): Singles: First round: 1-Alexander Satschko (Ger) bt V.M. Ranjeet 6-4, 6-3; Rupesh Roy bt Purav Raja 6-2, 7-6(1); Vishnu Vardhan bt N. Prashanth 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4); Rohan Gajjar bt Vijayant Malik 7-5, 7-6(4); 6-Daniel Lustig (Cze) bt Mario Eckardt (Ger) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2; 3-David Savic (Srb) bt Rohan Gide 7-6(1), 6-0; Rifat Biktyakov (Uzb) bt Ronak Manuja 6-2, 6-0; 2-Nathan Thompson (USA) bt Navdeep Singh 6-3, 7-6(3).