Ramkumar Ramanathan’s good start at the Shenzhen Open with a straight-set win in the first round today. The Indian had earlier qualified for the main draw of the ATP 250 tournament on Sunday, with a 6-1, 6-1 over He Yecong on Sunday.
Ramkumar, ranked 134th in the world, beat Jiri Vesely 7-5, 6-1 to set up a round of 16 clash with Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was a good win for Ramkumar as the Czech Republic player is ranked world No 90 and has a career-best ranking of 35 .
Ramkumar thrice broke Vesely over the two sets and served up seven aces. His first serve percentage of 66 was lesser than that of his Czech opponent (77%). But Ramkumar’s win percentage (93) on first serve was significantly higher than Vesely’s (64).
He will take on Dzumhur for the first time in the next round. He hasn’t gone past the round of 16 in the last three tournaments he’s competed and, hence, would look to get a few wins on the trot to get to the final, where he could meet former world No 1 Andy Murray, whose participation in the tournament has made it more exciting.>