The 82nd ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran had absolutely no problem in getting past Shuichi Sekiguchi of Japan in the Kaohsiung ATP Challenger earlier today.
It was the first ever meeting between the two, with Gunneswaran making the second round with that win.
Gunneswaran was comprehensive right from the beginning taking a 4-1 lead on the Japanese and as he settled into the game, he just got better and better and it was all too easy for him in the end. The Indian cruised into the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Japanese.
Having lost in the second round of this tournament last year, Prajnesh looked more than ready to redeem for his previous failed outing.
The Indian number one is all set to play E. Lopez-Perez of Spain in the round of 16.
His next opponent, Lopez-Perez has played him twice and both players have won once apiece. The last time these two met was in the Australian Open qualifiers earlier in January this year when Prajnesh brushed past the Spaniard in straight sets.
Earlier in the same tournament, Saketh Myneni of India lost in three sets to Australia’s Max Purcell, in the round of 64. His loss means that Gunneswaran is the only Indian left in the tournament who can really challenge for the title.