New Delhi, Feb.16 (ANI): Top-seed Yuki Bhambri has crashed out of the opening round of the Delhi Open men’s singles event but advanced to the doubles quarterfinals with partner Mahesh Bhupathi here on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old, who is yet to win singles round in 2016, suffered his fourth successive first round defeat at the hands of Belgium’s Joris de Loore 4-6, 6-7(4) in the match that lasted for one hour and 40 minutes.
But Bhambri later ended his day on a winning note as he combined with Bhupathi to beat wild card brother pair of Lakshit and Chandril Sood 4-6, 6-1, 10-2 to advance to the next round.
Reflecting on his performance, the Indian tennis star admitted that he was quite nervous to play alongside Bhupati, insisting that they complemented each other extremely well during the match.
“Yes, disappointed with my singles today though. Good to get a win on the board even it was in doubles. Was very excited and was very nervous to play with Mahesh but I am glad that we complement each other and get win today,” Bhambri told ANI here.
Despite suffering a defeat in the men’s singles, Bhambri believes that he had a realistic chance to qualify for this year’s Rio Olympics.
“I think I have a great chance. I have to notch up a few wins and get my ranking high enough to be able to play in Olympics,” he added.
Earlier this year, Bhambri was also bowed out of the first round of the Australian Open men’s singles event after losing in straight sets to world number six Tomas Berdych.
Bhambri described the Australian Open as his favourite grand slam and believes that he competed pretty well.
“Australian Open was a tough match. Keep running into top 10 players or top five players rather. It’s little bit difficult, but I think I have completed well. It’s one of my favourite slams. And I think I have always done well there in whatever category I have played in. Always look forward to Australia. It’s my first Grand Slam where I could get in with my own ranking,” he added.(ANI)