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Escoffier sends 5th-seed Nagal packing in Chennai Open

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

of caused the first upset of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger here, sending fifth-seeded of packing with a straight 6-3, 6-3 win.

The two other seeded players in action on the opening day of the USD 50,000 event, Duckhee Lee (No.3) and Egypt's (No.4), advanced with straight wins.

While Lee beat N 6-3, 6-4, Safwat got past of 6-4, 6-3.

Escoffier shut out Nagal rather easily. He broke the Indian in the first and ninth games to win the first set 6-3.

The Frenchman served and stroked with ease as Nagal struggled to hold serve.Though Indian's first serve percentage was higher than the Frenchman, his delivery lacked penetration thus he was always on the backfoot throughout.

In the second set, it was even-stevens till three games all. Escoffier held serve and broke the Indian in the next game to lead 5-3 and take the upper hand.

He then served out in the next game to show Nagal the exit.

The agile Lee proved too good for Sundar Prashanth, coming up with some fluent strokes.

Three of the qualifiers Arjun Khade, Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (Thailand) and Sidharth Rawat got through to the second round but three wild card entrants, Nitin Kumar Sinha, and bit the dust, bowing out in straight sets.

Pune's Khade, who has been in good form of late, held off Saketh Myneni's challenge in three sets in just over two hours.

Myneni returning from an break served six aces in the first set to win it on a tie-break.

In the second set, Khade got 79 per cent of his first serves in and played positively to win it 6-3 with the help of one break.

He raised his level of play in the decider, landing 94 per cent of his first serves and secured the all-important break in the 10th game to enter the second round.

played a solid game from the baseline to overcome a mid-match slump to oust Balaji in two hours and 15 minutes.

In the doubles event, top-seeded Ratawatana twins (Sonchat and Sanchai) of Thailand, proved oo good for the Sood twins and They romped home conceding only three games.

had better luck in the doubles as he and beat of Kazakisthan and Bernabe Zapata Miralles of

In another match, Saketh Myneni partnering Luca Margaroli defeated and in straight sets.

The top-seed in the singles draw, of opens his campaign tomorrow as would the No.2 seed of

Results - Singles - first round (Indians unless otherwise stated): Duckhee Lee (Korea-X3) bt N Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-3, 6-4; (Egypt-X4) Bt Alessandro Bega (Italy) 6-4, 6-3; (France) bt Sumit Nagal (X5) 6-3, 6-3;

Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (Thailand) bt N Sriram Balaji 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; bt Saketh Myneni 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4; bt 6-3, 6-4; Gerard Granollers (Spain) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-3, 6-2; Sidharth Rawat bt 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles (first round): Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (Thailand-X1) bt Sood/Sood 6-0, 6-3; N Sriram Balaji/bt (KAZ)/(ESP) 7-6(8), 6-1;

(SUI)/Saketh Myneni (X4) bt Adil Kalyanpur/ Saketh Mukund 6-4, 6-3.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 20:10 IST