Tennis has been growing in India for the over the last decade, with no greater evidence than singles star Yuki Bhambri’s recent progress on the ATP tour.
India’s top-ranked men’s singles player Yuki Bhambri continued his dream run at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday when he upset ninth seed Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
Bhambri played sublime tennis to register a straight set, victory in a second-round match where not many would’ve given him a chance. This is, perhaps, the biggest win of the 25-year-old’s career as it’s the first time he’s triumphed at an ATP Masters 1000.
The 2009 Junior Australian Open champion made his way through the qualifiers after beating other Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan, before beating Nicholas Mahut in straight sets. Bhambri then puts Indian tennis in the spotlight as he beat ninth seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4. He now faces another tough test in the Round of 32 at Indian Wells, as he comes up against Sam Querrey.
Yuki Bhambri is the first Indian to reach the singles Round three at an ATP World Tour 1000/Masters event since Somdev Devvarman did it at Miami open in 2013. Somdev also reached the R4 at Indian Wells & R3 at Miami in 2011.
This is a career best result for Yuki in terms of opponent ranking eclipsing his win over then #16 Fabio Fognini of Italy at the Chennai Open in 2013.
Yuki began strong by breaking world no 12 in the very first game and reached to a 4-1 lead with register another break in the fifth game. Though lucas Break back in the very next game. Bhambri held the next two service games and take the opening set 6-4.
The second set also it was Indians who broke the Frenchman in the third game,after comfortable holding his serve in second game. Lucas bounce back by breaking Bhambri in the sixth game to make it 3-3 and hold his serve to make it 4-3. Indian Hard work once again come in play as he break lukas in the ninth game. 9th Seeded saved three break points but Bhambri was sustained and won the game on the fourth and then hold his serve with ease to win biggest match f his carrier in an hour 19 minutes.
The Indian Wells Masters, also known as BNP Paribas Open due to sponsorship reasons, is played on hard courts and is the best-attended tennis tournament outside the four Grand Slam tournaments, with over 450,000 visitors during the 2015 event. It has the second-largest permanent tennis stadium in the world (the Arthur Ashe stadium being the largest).