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Wild card Ramkumar Ramanathan bounced back from a set down to beat Frenchman Maxime Janvier 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4 and advance to the second round of the Bengaluru Open in Bengaluru on Monday. The 29-year-old Indian maintained his composure despite pressure on his serve from his higher-ranked opponent in the first two sets and delighted the home crowd with a sensational win in two hours and 26 minutes. Croatian third seed Duje Ajdukovic also suffered a defeat on the opening day of the main draw, losing to Tunisia's Moise Echargui 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 30 minutes.
But the highlight of the opening day was clearly the face-off between Ramkumar and Janvier and the former made a winning start to his campaign on the back of the home support.
The opening set was a close encounter, with Xavier relying on his first serve percentage to put pressure on the Indian and take the first set via tiebreaker.
Ramkumar was again under pressure in the second set and managed to save four break points and then broke Janvier in the 11th game to take the decider in the next set.
With momentum on her side, the Indian broke Janvier early in the third set and then maintained her service game to seal the match.
Now he will face the winner of the match between top seed Luca Nardi of Italy and lucky loser Dan Aided of France.
The ATP Challenger tournament is being organized by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) and will conclude on January 19.
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