Yuki Bhambri [ Images ] shocked third seed Dmitry Tursunov [ Images ] to progress to the second round of the ATP Challenger, but his doubles partner, Divij Sharan, went down fighting to sixth seed Yuichi Sugita, in Seoul, on Tuesday.
Yuki scored a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over his formidable Russian opponent, once a top-20 player, in the first round of the US $100,000 hard court event.
Tursunov is currently ranked 119 while Yuki is 181.
It was the second meeting between the two players. The head-to-head score is now 1-1. The first match was in 2010, in Thailand, when Tursunov beat the Indian in straight sets.
Yuki next plays Korean wild card Nam Ji Sung.
The left-handed Divij pushed his Japanese opponent hard before losing his first round match 2-6, 7-5, 4-6.
Yuki and Divij are seeded third in the doubles. They open their campaign against the unseeded pair of Sugita and Taipei's Jimmy Wang.