Qualifier Mohammed Fariz of India rallied to beat Marko Rajic of Serbia 7-6(4), 7-6(2) in a men's singles first round match of the TNTA-TDTA $10,000 ITF Futures tennis tournament at Union Club here on Monday.
Fariz raced to a 4-2 lead in the first set, but squandered the advantage by making unforced errors at crucial junctures. Rajic was also beginning to shift gears. Serving at 4-5, Fariz found himself 15-40 down.
He came up with a delicate drop shot and followed it up with a forehand winner to take the 10th game to deuce. He staved off two more set points before levelling at 5-5.
Both players held their subsequent service games (Fariz did so after saving another set point) to take the set into the tie-breaker, which Fariz won 7-4.
The Serb broke Fariz in the first game of the second set, but surrendered his serve in the very next. Rajic broke Fariz again in 11th game to go up 6-5. However,
Rajic failed to capitalise on the lead as he lost serve in the 12th game after double faulting on a breakpoint to force the tiebreaker.
The Indian was all over Rajic in the tie-breaker and clinched it 7-2.
The results (Indians unless mentioned): First round: Mohammed Fariz bt Marko Rajic (Srb) 7-6(4), 7-6(2); Vignesh Peranamallur bt Rishabdev Raman 7-5, 6-4; Ashwin Vijayragavan bt Ronak Manuja 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles: Ramkumar Ramanathan & Mark Vervoort (Ned) bt Neeraj Elangovan & Ashwin Vijayragavan 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9; Rupesh Roy & Vivek Shokeen bt Gaetan De Lovinfosse & Yannick Vandenbulcke (Bel) 6-4, 6-3; Marin Bradaric & Arsenije Zlatanovic bt Vijay Kannan & A. Rajagopalan 4-6, 6-1, 10-5; Kunal Anand & Chandril Sood bt Rakshay Thakkar & Abhijeet Tiwari 7-6(4), 6-3; Ronak Manuja & Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Joss Espasandin (Sui) & Goncalo Pereira (Por) 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 10-5; N. Sriram Balaji & Vignesh Peranamallur bt Lorenzo Frigerio & Matthieu Vierin (Ita) 6-3, 6-2; Elwin Antony & Mohammed Fariz bt Andre Gaspar Murta & Bruno Pedrosa (Por) 6-3, 6-3; Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & N. Prashanth bt Rishabdev Raman & Ajai Selvaraj 6-1, 5-7, 12-10.