Twenty five year old Indian Tennis player Yuki Bhambri produced the biggest win of his still blossoming singles career, as he beat world number 12 Lucas Pouille of France to march into the third round of the Indian Wells masters.
Yuki, ranked 110th in the world, qualified for the main draw beat the ninth seeded Frenchman 6-4, 6-4 in just an hour and 19 minutes. Earlier in August 2017, Bhambri had defeated Citi Open defending champion and world number 22 Gael Monfils, which was his biggest victory till the win over Pouille. Four years back in 2014, Bhambri had also defeated world number 16 Fabio Fognini at the Chennai Open, but by virtue of the Italian retiring from the match due to a fitness issue.
Speaking after the match, Bhambri said, “I served well and played aggressive which was the key. I just kept going at him and taking my chances which thankfully paid off.” The Indian now has two wins against the top 25 players in the world in the last six months. Speaking about how he has started performing well against higher ranked players off late, he said, “I have had an opportunity to play them. If I keep giving myself the opportunity on the big stage, I will grab some of them. I would like to keep being consistent with it.”
Bhambri will play American world number 21 Sam Querrey in the next round, who beat Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5 in the previous round.