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Rastogi will be up against top-seeded Rik de Voest

Ranjeet-Yu Xin Yuan duo wins doubles

NEW DELHI: Karan Rastogi made it to his second successive final of the ITF men's Futures tennis circuit as he tamed Chang Yu of China 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the $15,000 event at the DLTA Complex here on Friday.

After getting off to a rousing start by reeling off the first four games, when he had opened the contest with an ace on the first point, the 23-year-old Rastogi was in a spot of bother against some inspired play by the Chinese left-hander, who served big and smacked a rasping forehand.

However, the Chinese was far too erratic and lacked the temperament to fight it out with Rastogi.

Rastogi will be up against the top-seeded Rik de Voest of South Africa, literally a man on fire, who has dropped a mere five games in all in the last three rounds.

The 29-year-old Rik de Voest, quite keen to reset his image after having lost both his singles matches to Rohan Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman in the Davis Cup World Group play-off against India in Johannesburg last year, was magnanimous in conceding a solitary game to national champion V. M. Ranjeet in the other semifinal.

Repeat story

It was a repeat of the same story of the quarterfinals, when the South African had dropped a lone game to the champion of last week, Murad Inoyatov of Uzbekistan.

To his credit, Ranjeet did play a good game and traded strong rallies, at least in the first set, but Rik de Voest was a class act and always had the last word, with his explosive game.

The South African did not drop a point on his serve in the first set, and conceded just over a dozen points to the Indian in the whole match that lasted 46 minutes.

Ranjeet, however, had the consolation of winning the doubles title later in the day, in partnership with Yu Xin Yuan of China, as the duo converted its third match point in the final against the Thai duo of Weerapat Doakmaiklee and Kittiphong Wachiramanowong.

The results:

Singles (semifinals): Rik de Voest (RSA) bt V. M. Ranjeet 6-1, 6-0; Karan Rastogi bt Chang Yu 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles (final): Xin-Yuan Yu (Chn) and V. M. Ranjeet bt Weerapat Doakmaiklee and Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (Tha) 3-6, 6-1, 11-9 .

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