The unheralded Ramkumar, ranked 222 in the world, brushed aside the Austrian challenge in only 59 minutes to make it to the last eight of the United States dollars 439,000 prize-money tournament.
Germany’s Daniel Altmaier claimed the first ATP Tour win of his career with a 7-5 6-7 (8/10) 7-6 (7/5) victory over Victor Estrella Burgos.
“I worked really hard for this”.
“I thank the crowd for coming out and cheering”. All that was lacking was the mentality to get out of the comfort zone – play bigger tournaments.He chanced his luck this time, in Turkey, and came up with the win that is expected to give him a great deal of confidence. On seven grass courts, a set of players are trying to catch the eye a week before Wimbledon.
Dominic won just 3 points on opponent’s first serve return, and his initial shot didn’t work well, serving at only 48% (6 double faults) and getting broken 3 times from 6 chances the Indian had.
Indian Tennis star Rohan Bopanna tweeted, “Tremoundous win by Ramkumar Ramanathan over a top10 player”.
The tournament has seen a remarkable turnaround from Ramkumar after an unimpressive start to the season that was dogged by poor form.
Ramanathan, now ranked 222 in the world, was a rank outsider going into the match, but created a few ripples when he took the first set 6-3.
Ramkumar, however, could not make it to the Wimbledon qualifiers, the cut-off date for which ended on June 25.