Vishnu Vardhan did his confidence a world of good as he fought his way past sixth-seeded V.M. Ranjeet in the first round of the $10,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament here on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Hyderabad lad, who trains under C.V. Nagaraj, was quite shaky against former National champion Ranjeet, who had beaten him in Nigeria last month.

Top-seeded Yuki Bhambri was a class act as he warmed up for tougher challenges ahead with a smooth win over Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev of Uzbekistan. The 21-year-old Delhi lad was sharp with his game and stroked with imagination and efficiency.

The results (first round): Yuki Bhambri bt Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev (Uzb) 6-1, 6-4; Arjun Kadhe bt Garvit Batra 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3); Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (Sri) 6-2, 6-3; Akash Wagh bt Timon Reichelt (Ger) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3); Luca Margaroli (Sui) bt Ronak Manuja 6-0, 6-4; Torsten Wietoska (Ger) bt Warit Sornbutnark (Tha) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Daniiar Duldaev (Kgz) bt Jannis Liniger (Sui) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Jui-Chen Hung (Tpe) bt AshwinVijayragavan 6-2, 6-2; Vishnu Vardhan bt V.M. Ranjeet 7-6(4), 6-3; Shaikh Abdullah bt Jatin Dahiya 7-6(3), 6-4; Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Lakshit Sood 7-5, 7-6(3); Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt P.C. Vignesh 6-2, 6-2.

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