Made the most of every opportunity: Yuki Bhambri

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Chennai: India's Yuki Bhambri returns the ball to Nicolas Kicker of Argentina during the second round qualifying of men’s singles for ATP Chennai Open 2017 in Chennai on Sunday. Bhambri defeats Nicolas. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar (PTI1_1_2017_000207A)

Chennai: In the second round of the Citi Open, when the Delhi boy Yuki Bhambri entered the court to face world No. 22 Gael Monfils in Washington DC on Wednesday, he knew he had nothing to lose. Following an hour and 51 minutes, Bhambri recorded the major victory of his career crushing the defending champion by 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

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The 25-yr-old was ranked 16 by crushing Fabio Fognini, when the Italian had retired in 2014 Chennai Open, but in terms of completed matches, this is the major victory of his career. Bhambri conveyed from Washington on Thursday that, this was certainly the major victory of my career. He was the defending champion. I never felt bogged down by the idea that I was playing a top-ranked player. I did not put any force on myself.

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My goal was to stay close to him and pounce on every opportunity. Expounding on the win, he further added that, I took my risks, went for the shots and assaulted when I needed to. I went to the net when I felt it was correct. My first serves were great as well and I surmise that everything simply became alright today. Bhambri who was a qualifier in the competition, won 72% of the focuses when he handled his initially serves while a transformation rate of 57% in the second guaranteed that he didn’t need to confront a solitary break point in the principal set.

The second set was somewhat dubious and the Indian figured out how to win two of his four break focuses yet it wasn’t sufficient as the Frenchman won all his three. “I felt large and in charge in the principal set. Shockingly there were a couple of occasions when I lost my focus in the second set yet I immediately bobbed back in light of the fact that I knew one false stride could cost me the match,” said Bhambri. He has had his offer of battles with wounds, appeared to be taking care of business.

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The feature of the match was his down-the-line forehand passing shot in the decider. Discussing it after the match Bhambri said that even he didn’t trust that he hit that shot. “To be straightforward even I couldn’t trust it myself. Felt better than average to hit that forehand. What was more vital was that it was a critical point for me. When you are up against a player like Monfils, each point checks,” he said.

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