India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan has pulled off a big upset as he stunned French Open 2017 semi-finalist Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2 at the Antalya Open in Turkey on Tuesday for the biggest win of his career.
This will be Ramanathan’s second ATP tour quarter-final appearance, the first instance coming in the 2016 Chennai Open.
In a match that lasted just a minute under an hour, Ramanathan managed to clinch 10 aces to Thiem’s four. Ramanathan is ranked 222 in the ATP rankings while Thiem is no. 8.
Indian was doinant throughout the first set & seals it easily by 6-3, he wasted three break points in the second set before breaking the world no. 8 in the fifth game. “I worked really hard for this,” he said after the match, “Thank you to the crowd for coming out and cheering. I like the grass. Courts are fast. I took my chances and it worked out. I’m having a great time here and thanks to all the organisers.” Ramanathan
Ramanathan will now face 79th-ranked Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the quarter finals. It is his best result since reaching the quarter finals of the Chennai Open last year.
World Ranked 222, who entered the tournament through qualifiers as opposed to Thiem who was the top seed. Ramanathan had earlier defeated the 68-ranked Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4 in the first round and has followed that up with the win over Thiem. It also means that the Indian is yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Ramanathan’s win is a rare occurrence of an Indian beating a player ranked in the top 10 of the ATP rankings. Somdev Devvarman had beaten then world no. 5 Juan Martin Del Potro in 2014 but that was after the Argentine had retired from the match.
This has to be the biggest win for an Indian Singles tennis player since Somdev knocked out Del Potro few years back.
The win is also special for Ramkumar as Wimbledon Grand Slam is approaching & his Giantt-killing form will surely help him to boost up his confidence for the qualifiers & with his massive form he can qualify for the main rounds too.