Former national champion V. M. Ranjeet sweated it out under the floodlights for more than two hours before defeating Kelsey Stevenson of Canada 7-6(6), 7-6(10) in the first round of the Dida $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

The results: Singles (first round): Sagar Ahuja bt Kirksteen Rebuyas (Phi) 7-5, 6-1; Vijayant Malik bt Ronit Singh Bisht 6-0, 6-1; V.M. Ranjeet bt Kelsey Stevenson (Can) 7-6(6), 7-6(10); V. Vignesh bt Fariz Mohammed 6-2, 6-0; Abhijeet Tiwari bt Kunal Anand 6-2, 6-4; Saketh Myneni bt Dhruv Goyal 6-0, 6-1; Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Roy Hobbs (Sin) 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Saketh & Arunprakash Rajagopalan bt Hobbs & Austin Karosi (US) 6-0, 7-5; Rebuyas & Anvit Bendre bt Anubhav Chaudhary & Arpit Sharma 6-2, 6-4; Sriram Balaji & Ranjeet bt Sagar Ahuja & Saurabh Patil 6-2, 6-4.

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