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Gutsy Ramkumar goes down fighting to Baghdatis in quarters

June 29, 2017 16:47 IST

Ramkumar Ramanathan

IMAGE: India's Ramkumar Ramanathan. Photograph: PTI

Ramkumar Ramanathan fought gallantly before losing a gruelling three-setter against veteran Marcos Baghdatis in the quarter-final of the ATP 250 Antalya Open in Antalya, Turkey.

It was another great show from the Indian tennis player after his shock victory over world No. 8 Dominic Thiem.

The Indian youngster eventually went down 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-7 (6-8) in a match that lasted two hour and 43 minutes.

It was the experience of Baghdatis, a former World No 8 and Australian Open finalist, which helped him prevail over the World No 222.

Till the final couple of points, the lanky Indian matched Baghdatis stroke for stoke, hitting as many as 10 aces compared to the Cyprot's nine.

However, he had 11 double faults along with only 42 percent successful first serve, which possibly was the only difference between the two players.

That was one aspect that troubled Ramkumar, who could only convert a single break point, while Baghdatis successfully converted three break points.

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