Niki Poonacha leads the march of India at the Bengaluru Open

BENGALURU: national champion Niki Poonacha recorded the biggest victory of his career by knocking out Lucas Rosol from the Bengaluru Open on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old wild card player won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes in the opening round of the $ 162,480 hard court. ATP Challenger tournament.

I am delighted to have reached this stage of a Challenger event, which was my dream since last year. And after beating a seeded player, I'm even happier, said Poonacha.

In the other malaise of the day, the runner-up of the last edition Saketh Myneni sent sixth seed Evgeny Donskoy Russia tied with a 6-3, 6-3 victory, while qualifier Abhinav Shanmugam prevailed over Germany's Daniel Masur 7-5, 6-3.

After an exhausting opening round on Monday, Poonacha, although tired, recovered and broke Rosol in the tenth game to take the first set.

Rosol, 34, who once ranked 26th in the world and has a reputation for beating people like Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon in 2012, he got breaks in the fifth and seventh game and served the set.

An early break in the second game of the decisive saw the turn of the game in favor of Poonacha.

After I broke it, I was determined to maintain my service and I am happy to have done it. I don't even know who I'm playing in the next round, but I hope to keep up, he said.

Myneni, who ranks 192, broke in the third game and lost 1-3 in the next. However, he returned strongly to win the next five games in a row with interruptions in the sixth and eighth games to take the first set.

Myneni, who has been flirting with injuries for the past two years, broke the Russian in the third game to gain an advantage and did it again in the ninth to take the set and the game.