NEW DELHI: Aditya Madkekar saved five match points to beat wildcard Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the $10,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at Mando, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
In a gripping contest that spanned two hours and 45 minutes, the third-seeded Aditya showed his resilience by saving a match point on his serve in the seventh game of the second set and four match points on the Indonesian’s serve in the next game.
He was on cruise mode in the decider which he pulled off in just 13 minutes.
The results (featuring Indians):
Singles (first round):
Aditya Madkekar bt Christopher Rungkat (Ina) 2-6, 7-5, 6-0; Ikaika Jobe (USA) bt Kiran Nandakumar 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Purav Raja bt Raven Klaasen (RSA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Tushar Liberhan bt Sebastian Da Costa (Ina) 6-0, 6-3; Damian Hume (RSA) bt P. C. Vignesh 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Ashutosh Singh bt Minh Le (USA) 6-4, 6-4; James Ward (GBr) bt Vishnu Vardhan 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Huai-En Chang & Hsien-Yin Peng (Tpe) bt Rahil Makharia & Saurav Sukul 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-7; Chris Eaton & James Ward (GBR) w.o. Kiran Nandakumar & P. C. Vignesh.